BHI was awarded a grant from the W.K. Kellogg foundation to scale up COVID-19 infrastructure, including new wards and oxygen systems. Read the full release here.
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With COVID-19 cases spiking, the Pan American Health Organization is warning that Haiti is headed for a humanitarian catastrophe. As of June 2nd, the number of confirmed cases throughout Haiti had increased to 2,226, doubling in less than a week. A recent $150,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will enable Build Health International (BHI) to scale up COVID-19 infrastructure, including new wards and oxygen systems, at four health facilities across Haiti’s Southern Peninsula and Central Plateau.
A fragile health system, high population density, and food insecurity all put Haiti at risk for one of the deadliest COVID-19 outbreaks in the Western Hemisphere. These same factors make social distancing challenging, which in turn makes reliable infrastructure even more critical to saving lives. Without reliable and appropriate facilities – without beds, without power to generate and deliver oxygen, without running water to keep hands clean – the lives of doctors, nurses and all their patients are at greater risk.
From clinical planning to architectural design, from building construction to facilities maintenance, BHI provides frontline health organizations with the infrastructure solutions they need to deliver compassionate, dignified healthcare. In Haiti, with support from the Kellogg Foundation, Build Health International is supporting frontline health organizations with the infrastructure and equipment they need to fight COVID-19, including designing and building new COVID-19 treatment centers; shipping critical biomedical equipment and supplies; and scaling up oxygen systems.
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