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Project Introduction

The Maternal Health Center at St. Boniface Haiti Foundation (SBHF) Hospital is a huge step forward for southern Haiti as a dignified space for rural Haitian women to give birth and receive pre and post-natal care. This is especially critical as Haiti has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the western hemisphere. Within the center, St. Boniface and its skilled and capable staff are able to help over 99% of women deliver safely and are able to go home with their new babies soon after birth. In fact, SBHF has been identified by the Haitian Ministry of Health and USAID as one of three National Training Centers for Maternal, Neonatal & Child Health.

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Project Information

  • Square Feet
    5,500
  • Timeline
    February 2014 - March 2015
  • Operational Partners
    Saint Boniface Haiti Foundation
Plan
& Design
Build
& Equip
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Project Description

The Maternal Health Center at St. Boniface Haiti Foundation (SBHF) Hospital is a huge step forward for southern Haiti as a dignified space for rural Haitian women to give birth and receive pre and post-natal care. This is especially critical as Haiti has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the western hemisphere. Within the center, St. Boniface and its skilled and capable staff are able to help over 99% of women deliver safely and are able to go home with their new babies soon after birth. In fact, SBHF has been identified by the Haitian Ministry of Health and USAID as one of three National Training Centers for Maternal, Neonatal & Child Health.

Designed by Payette Architects in Boston, the maternal health center has a “pop-up” high roof that brings sunlight and ventilation in the wards and labor and delivery. The facility enabled the hospital to triple their capacity of beds for labor and delivery, and for post-partum care incubators. The hospital continues to expand their obstetrics and maternal care services throughout Haiti's southern peninsula, bringing both greater access and a higher quality of healthcare to its citizens.

BHI, which assisted in the planning, designing, and construction of this monumental achievement for Saint Boniface, is particularly pleased to consider the Maternal and Neonatal Health Center project as its second major project following construction of Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais. Saint Boniface Haiti Foundation has since become a fast friend and partner of BHI in the endeavor to deliver quality, sustainable healthcare to the most vulnerable.