Since this summer, when I first wrote about Dr. Jacques Sebisaho and his team as they prepared to travel to Idjwi with the mission of filling the Island's healthcare void, the facts on the island remain unchanged. There are still upwards of 200,000 vulnerable people living on the island, only three of whom are doctors; there are still low instances of electricity and potable water, and high child mortality rates.  But, what is different, is the island's outlook.
In a recent interview, Dr. Sebisaho articulated three goals that Amani Global Workshoped to accomplish during the team's three-week trip to Idjwi. First and foremost, Dr. Sebisaho wanted to get the Idjwi community behind the organization's plan to erect a main hospital and satellite health clinics. After all, if the community rejects the unfamiliar availability of healthcare, after laying the future hospital foundation and stocking its shelves with supplies, its halls would remain empty, vaccinations would remain unused, and all efforts would be rendered futile. As Dr. Sebisaho puts it, the organization's success is contingent on confirming that Amani is "not going against the flow." Secondly, Amani hoped to mollify any potential racial or political tensions that could result in an isolated island's sudden exposure to technology, never before seen races and unfamiliar practices. A third and crucial goal was to return to New York with a concrete plan the citizens of Idjwi will embrace and that Amani can support.