On January 12, 2010, an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude devastated Haiti, killing 1/4 million people, injuring over 300,000 and leaving 1.6 million homeless. We worked with Project HOPE and the CRUDEM Foundation to safely install portable prosthetics labs throughout Haiti, as many injured lost limbs. Our strong relationship with Haiti continued, transcending the earthquake and cholera epidemic that followed. However, prior to 2014, Mazzetti did not have a fundraising arm to support this type of work. Sextant Foundation launched in 2013, as a US-based 501(c)3 organization.
The Sextant Foundation was founded to develop and implement sustainable development projects that connect engineering and innovation where it’s critically needed – at healthcare settings in the developing world. The foundation aims to improve the environmental, financial and human conditions in low-resourced health centers , and to bolster health system capacity, globally.
Its mission is also research-driven, particularly in the application of reverse innovation. Sextant will explore and disseminate international best practices for facility design in areas of scarce resources.