Build Health International

Project Introduction

As expectant mothers poured into Hôpital Universitaire Mirebalais, the weight of need began to put pressure on the maternity department. Mothers waiting for their child in the NICU or pediatrics ward slept in makeshift beds around the edges of the hospital. Patients and families waiting in long lines for a shower or toilet. To improve these conditions, Partners in Health asked BHI to design and plan a multi-use structure that would combine two separate buildings: a maternal waiting home and a public sanitation block.

Build Health International

Project Information

  • Square Feet
    10,183
  • Timeline
    August 2015 - December 2016
  • Operational Partners
    Partners in Health/Zanmi Lasante
Plan
& Design
Build
& Equip
Build Health International

Project Description

As expectant mothers poured into Hopital Universitaire Mirebalais, the weight of need began to put pressure on the maternity department. Mothers with a child in the NICU at Hopital Universitaire Mirebalais hospital had limited options while they waited for their baby’s health to improve. Just walking around the hospital revealed mothers with their belongings in bags, sheets and pillows in makeshift beds pressed along the sidewalk edges. In addition to shelter, HUM also desperately needed expanded hygiene facilities. Growing patient numbers rendered the present number of toilets and showers inadequate. Partners in Health asked BHI to design and implement a multiple use structure that would combine two separate buildings: a maternal waiting home and a public sanitation block. The maternal home has space for 70 women and children to stay comfortably while waiting to deliver or for their child’s recovery. The 4,000 square food sanitation block now provides outpatients and their families with bathrooms, showers, and includes a communal laundry area for women.