Started in 2000, Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership's mission is to save lives and improve health care by building local capacity for Haitians to care for Haitians. Konbit Sante believes the key to improving health in northern Haiti involves making long-term improvements to the public health system. To that end, Konbit Sante volunteers and staff work in collaboration with Haitian clinicians and administrators to build local capacity in all aspects of the health system - from door-to-door community outreach programs, to strengthening community health centers, to improving care at the regional referral/teaching hospital. Haiti, with a population of 8.6 million people, is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. In Haitian Creole, a konbit is a traditional Haitian method of working together to till your friends' fields as well as your own - working together toward a common goal. The word sante means health.