Yesterday @forbes published an article about how engineers are the “unsung heroes” of global health, citing BHI among these heroes.

“Global health engineering may not be sexy, but it saves lives. Take the Covid-19 pandemic as an example. During this crisis, engineers have made huge contributions by delivering oxygen, oxygen concentrators, pulse oximeters, ventilators, rapid tests, high-filtration masks, air purifiers, vaccine cold chains, logistics, supply chain management, mobile apps, data dashboards, among others. In some places, engineers have built Covid-19 field hospitals within days. But we rarely see them on national television.”

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When driven by community partnerships and an understanding of local context, philanthropic investments in Haiti can sustainably strengthen health systems and catalyze future progress. As the work of BHI and partners like @partnersinhealth and @healthequityinternational demonstrates, improving healthcare through philanthropic investments is not only possible, it is imperative.

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After receiving the Engineering News-Record 2022 Award of Excellence for his leadership of BHI, Jim Ansara reflected on how our work is fueled by both “the selflessness, the relentlessness, and the innovation of BHI’s people” and the generosity of partners around the globe.

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Jimmy Forest was first trained as an electrician during construction of the Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais. Today, he plays a critical role on BHI’s Haiti-based team as the general electrical supervisor.

As Partners In Health and BHI begin to build the Maternal Center of Excellence (MCOE) in Sierra Leone, Jimmy is stepping into a new leadership role: training and mentoring residents in Sierra Leone who will become the MCOE construction team.

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“When you can put in a new oxygen cylinder and watch [patients] ease back into bed, that’s a good moment. When you can install a proper oxygen plant so it never happens again, that’s even better, and that’s BRING O2.” Build Health International is proud to be repairing and installing PSA oxygen plants as part of the BRING O2 initiative in partnership with @partnersinhealth, @unitaid, and @pivotmadagascar.
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Build Health International is proud to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors: Jennifer Aliber, FAIA, FACHA, Herby Duverné, and Dr. Regan Marsh, MD, MPH! Aliber, Duverné, and Marsh are accomplished and trusted leaders in the fields of architecture, cyber-security, and clinical medicine. We are excited for the diversity of experiences and perspectives they each bring to BHI.

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We are excited to announce that Jim Ansara has been named as the recipient of the Engineering News-Record (ENR) 2022 Award of Excellence for his work leading BHI’s efforts to design and build high-quality health infrastructure resource-constrained settings around the globe!

The Award of Excellence is an honor given to one outstanding engineering and construction leader each year, chosen among a group of ENR’s “25 Top Newsmakers.”

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We’re proud to be working with partners like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Skoll Foundation, ALIMA, Partners In Health, and Every Breath Counts to improve the reliability and sustainability of medical oxygen infrastructure across Sub-Saharan Africa.

BHI’s Director of Medical Oxygen, Andrew Johnston, recently spoke to Devex about what BHI is doing to expand oxygen access and what is still needed.

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We’re excited to announce that Jim Ansara has been selected as a finalist for Engineering News-Record’s 25 Newsmakers of 2021! As Founder and Managing Director of Build Health International, Jim’s leadership has propelled BHI to complete over 200 infrastructure projects in 28 countries and counting. Join us in congratulating Jim on this well-deserved honor!

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In 2001, the Centre de Santé Sacré-Cœur de Thiotte (CSST) first opened in Thiotte, Haiti, a rural commune located off the electrical grid. The clinic quickly became a vital resource for health and economic mobility within the community. Yet over the past two decades, the clinic’s access to reliable power declined, as its generator became less functional and efficient.
 
20 years later, Build Health International partnered with @haitimedicalmission to restore power at the clinic, installing a new power system. With this upgrade, CSST will be able to provide accessible and comprehensive care around the clock.
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On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti. 12 years later, this earthquake continues to be a defining moment in the country’s history. Our thoughts our with our Haitian friends, partners, and staff today.
 
As we reflect on the 12 years that have passed, BHI is proud of the progress we’ve made in Haiti, completing over 60 healthcare infrastructure projects that were intentionally designed and built to be resilient in the face of natural disaster.
 
Today, we are revisiting an article we published for the 10 year anniversary of the earthquake, which details the evolution, expansion, and impact of BHI’s first project following the earthquake: @partnersinhealth’s Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais.
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From Haiti, to Kenya, to Spain, to Beverly, MA — Build Health International could not accomplish our mission without a talented international team of architects, engineers, and specialists.
 
As we reflect on the past year, BHI’s team shares the projects that were most meaningful to them in 2021.
 
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What does it take to sustainably expand oxygen access? This question fuels BHI and @assistinternational’s work every day.
 
From reliable & clean power to maintenance & spare parts, BHI and Assist International joined forces to outline key technical considerations for closing the oxygen gap in the latest #Oxygen101 blog installment.
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On Tuesday November 30th beginning at 12:00 am EST, all gifts made to BHI through GlobalGiving will be eligible for matching funds.

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At BHI we not only build healthcare infrastructure, we build capacity.
 
Providing local staff with the skills and resources to excel in their fields and, in turn, train and lead future carpenters, electricians, laborers, and plumbers is integral to our work.
 
We are inspired by the teamwork and accomplishments of our Haitian staff who completed a challenging solar installation at the La Gonâve Wesleyan Hospital this past summer. Read more about this project and how the team overcame hills and high water to successfully complete the installation in our 2021 Annual Report.
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The CURE Ethiopia Children’s Hospital sees 9,456 outpatient visits and performs 2,769 surgeries annually. To meet the growing demand for care, BHI is partnering with CURE International to assess, expand, and redesign the facility. 🏥

Fly-through the future CURE Ethiopia with us, and learn more about this project in our 2021 Annual Report.

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High-quality biomedical equipment — and the capacity to maintain it — can help prevent 100,000+ pneumonia deaths each year.

This #WorldPneumoniaDay, we are revisiting an article about the devastating toll pneumonia takes each year and how biomedical maintenance and repair can help treat cases and save lives.

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8 Renewable Energy Projects ⚡️
222,000 Kilowatt Hours Generated 🕔
452 Solar Panels Installed ☀️
100+ Local Workers Employed 👷🏾

These are a few facts & figures that represent BHI’s commitment to environmental and community sustainability in 2021. Read more in our 2021 Annual Report.

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It’s here! 📬✨We’re excited to share our 2021 Annual Report, celebrating the accomplishments, growth, and impact of BHI over the past year! 🗓
 
We are proud of the work we’ve delivered together as a team of engineers, architects, builders and specialists – work made possible by our global community of partners.
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Tune in tonight at 7 pm EST! BHI’s Director of Engineering, Omar Hernandez will be joining Saint Rock Haiti Foundations’s Jocelyn Bresnahan to discuss the current situation in Haiti and our ongoing partnership on the Saint Rock Hospital.

 

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🔊 🎧 “We don’t seek projects, we seek long term partners, and we’ll do everything we can to help those partners deliver dignified affordable healthcare.”

BHI Managing Director, Jim Ansara sat down with the Global Pathways Podcast at the Pulte Institute for Global Development to discuss everything from BHI’s evolution over the past decade to our ongoing earthquake relief response in Haiti.

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“Providing sustainable, effective support to the Haitian people, in partnership with local communities and government, and with an understanding of local context, is not only possible, it’s imperative — and examples of how to do so successfully already exist.”

In his latest op-ed, BHI Co-Founder and Director Jim Ansara highlights how the international community can and should help #Haiti move forward following the earthquake on August 14, 2021, drawing on lessons learned by completing over 60 infrastructure projects in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake.

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Behind every resilient health system is a clinical engineer repairing and maintaining biomedical equipment. For Global Clinical Engineering Day, we are celebrating the growth, leadership, and impact of BHI’s Facilities Biomedical Engineer, Steve Mtewa, who is leading our ‘Find and Fix’ oxygen initiative in his home county of Malawi & beyond.

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Did you miss our presentation at @autodeskuniversity? No worries – you can stream it now!
 
In this session, Senior Architectural Designer Allison Denisky shares how BHI’s design of the Maternal Center of Excellence utilizes site and climate data in addition to passive ventilation strategies to optimize for infection control, operational cost, and patient comfort.
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After Hurricane Dorian hit the island of Grand Bahama, Build Health International teamed up with @directrelief and The Bahamian Ministry of Health to rebuild the High Rock Clinic, which was destroyed during the storm. Built intentionally to restore healthcare and withstand future tropical storms, in July 2021, the High Rock Clinic reopened its doors.

With each project we complete, BHI strives to design and build healthcare infrastructure that is resilient in the face of natural disasters. In honor of International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction, our latest article highlights how this goal was implemented at the High Rock Clinic.

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In partnership with the @who, this week BHI’s team of biomedical and electrical engineers completed an assessment of 5️⃣ oxygen plants across Guinea-Bissau. After identifying key repairs, BHI will share our findings with the WHO to increase Guinea-Bissau’s medical oxygen production capacity and combat COVID-19.

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There’s 1️⃣ week until our presentation at @autodeskuniversity 2021! BHI’s Senior Architectural Designer Allison Denisky and @microdesk’s Luc Wing will be sharing how BHI’s design of the Maternal Center of Excellence in Sierra Leone optimizes for natural daylighting ☀️ and passive air flow 💨.

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Our thoughts are with Haitian migrant population at the U.S. border, in search of safety and security for their families. With the recent national attention focused on the current issues driving migration, BHI strongly believes it is critical to reflect on how the international community can lend support to Haiti in the most sustainable, equitable, and dignified way.

BHI’s Board Member, Karen Ansara and @haitidevinst Executive Director, Pierre Noel recently wrote about how donors can have the most positive impact in supporting Haiti by “transparently investing to address the long-term needs, and equitably empowering Haitians to lead.”

📸: Jess Rinaldi

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On September 9th, @theleoprojectkenya broke ground on the Caitlin O’Hara Community Health Clinic in Nanyuki, Kenya. Designed by BHI, this clinic will build off of the existing community support services that The Leo Project has been offering since 2014.

Although small in size, The Leo Project highlights the importance of access to quality healthcare infrastructure at all levels of healthcare. Link in our bio to learn more 👉 @buildhealthinternational

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Lessons learned through his earliest mentors, the morals that helped him guide and grow @shawmut_builds, and the passion and purpose that fuels his leadership of Build Health International: Jim Ansara covers these topics and more with Joe Kelly on the latest @mass.construction podcast.

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The La Gonâve Wesleyan Hospital is over 2,600 miles away from BHI’s head-quarters in Beverly, MA, but no matter where in the world you are located, you can take a virtual tour of the facility tonight!

BHI is proud to be partnering with World Hope International to complete a master plan and solar system upgrade for the Wesleyan Hospital. Join us at 7:30 pm ET to learn more about our partnership and the impact it will have on healthcare access in La Gonâve.

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We’re excited to share BHI’s feature on the cover of this month’s issue of Engineering News-Record! From the 2010 Haiti earthquake which inspired BHI’s founding, to relief efforts following last month’s earthquake, and the 200 projects in 26 countries we’ve worked on with many incredible partners in between, be sure to check out the article to learn more about what we’ve done and where we’re going! 📰 📣

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What is BHI doing to help with earthquake relief efforts in #Haiti? What is needed to build back sustainably? And how can you help?
 
BHI’s Director of Engineering, Omar Hernandez answered these questions and more on @wgbh’s #BostonPublicRadio last week.
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Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is a key component of high-quality health systems. Yet #WASH infrastructure is all too often an afterthought— especially in low-resource healthcare settings.
 
@devex interviewed BHI’s Civil Engineering Specialist, Paul Avery about our unique approach to designing safe and sustainable wastewater systems for healthcare facilities in low- and middle-income countries.
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Join us at the Innovations in International Philanthropy Symposium on September 8 to propel forward the capacity and impact of globally minded work! Our founder, Jim Ansara, will be joining @partnersinhealth co-founder Ophelia Dahl to discuss global health philanthropy.

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Today, the @patriots plane is calling an audible and rerouting to Haiti.

Thanks to @massgovernor and the generosity of the Kraft family, the plane is headed to provide earthquake relief. On board are volunteer ER doctors, nursing managers, project engineers, and infrastructure specialists to support BHI and @partnersinhealth teams already on the ground.

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As ongoing relief efforts ramp up, Build Health International Managing Director and Co-Founder Jim Ansara spoke to @bostonglobe about BHI’s emergency response to Saturday’s magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Southern #Haiti.
 
“By 10 a.m. on the morning of the earthquake, Ansara said he was already mobilizing relief efforts with his colleagues and their partners at St. Boniface Hospital and Partners In Health.
 
“Unlike in 2010, I wasn’t shocked,” said Ansara, who lived in Haiti for two years and has seen three major disasters plunder the nation. “We knew what to do.”

As Haiti braces for tropical storm Grace, BHI is committed to providing emergency infrastructure relief to patients on the Southern Peninsula. Our largely Haitian team of engineers, architects, logisticians, contractors, electricians and plumbers have mobilized to ensure the structural safety of hospitals and to get supplies, specialists and surgeons to people as quickly as possible. Additional staff and medical resources are currently on their way to #Haiti to assist in these efforts.

Working alongside @healthequityinternational and @partnersinhealth, additional trauma and surgery spaces are being set up at the St. Boniface Hospital.

Time is of the essence and patients in Haiti need our help now. Please consider a donation to support the rapid creation and repair of critical healthcare infrastructure in Southern Haiti.

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Southern Haiti has sustained significant damage from the magnitude 7.2 earthquake this morning. 90% of the perimeter wall of the Centre de Sante de Pestel has fallen and there are significant cracks in the base of the hospital, but it is still standing and the BHI Engineering team is assessing the building for the safety of patients to be treated.

Despite significant seismic activity, we are grateful to report that the solar array and generator installed at the clinic by Build Health International in 2020 have been resilient and are still functioning, with zero solar panels broken or lost, which will be critical in treatment and relief efforts.

Build Health International is mobilizing to provide relief and complete urgent infrastructure repairs for our partner hospitals in Haiti. Please consider supporting these efforts by donating.

We will continue to provide updates as more information is available.

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Construction for the The Caitlin O’Hara Community Health Clinic in Nanyuki, Kenya begins next week! Hear more about the goals and inspiration for this clinic by listening to today’s ‘Person of the Week’ segment on MVYRadio, featuring @theleoproject’s Founder and Executive Director, Jess Danforth.

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The BHI team is growing and looking to add more bright, motivated, and hands-on staff to our Beverly office. We just posted two new jobs for a People/Culture/Benefits Specialist and a Senior Job Cost Accountant. Interested or know someone who would be a great fit? Learn more and apply!

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“When I see our BHI team, I see determination, passion, and hard work. They saw my potential, so I hire different Haitian laborers when I see their potential. We build job opportunities. Besides building hospitals, we build people.” -Miguel Vasquez

Read our latest article to learn more about BHI’s Senior Site Supervisor, Miguel, his journey with BHI, and what motivates his work in Haiti every day.

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BHI’s Sarah Sceery and Zac Chase recently joined @wbznewsradio’s ‘New England Weekend’ to discuss our collaboration with @massgeneralbrigham to ensure the hospital beds which once served COVID-19 patients at the Boston Hope treatment center could continue treating COVID patients in Haiti, Peru, and beyond.

In the episode, host Nichole Davis describes BHI’s work as a “high-stakes game of tetris”. Link in our bio to listen & learn more about the intricacies of equipping hospitals in low-resource settings, BHI’s ongoing work to increase oxygen capacity globally, and how you can get involved!

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The urgency and impact of BHI’s efforts to identify and repair broken oxygen plants across the continent of Africa is highlighted in a recent NPR article featuring several of our partners working on COVID-19 in Uganda and Sierra Leone. As Leith Greenslade emphasized, “If you don’t have oxygen and you don’t have a vaccine, this is like a perfect storm for mass fatality.” Leith is the coordinator of Every Breath Counts Coalition, made up of large government, public and private sector partners focused on addressing critical oxygen shortages around the world. BHI is proud to participate in these ongoing efforts to fight COVID-19 which is far from over in many of the regions we work.

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As Uganda experiences a third wave of COVID-19, BHI is proud to be partnering with @massgeneral to increase oxygen capacity in Uganda for the short term and the long term.

Early in the pandemic, BHI designed a COVID-19 treatment center in Mbarara, Uganda. While this was initially designed to serve as a temporary clinic, in response to a 2800% surge in cases over the past month, BHI and MGH are working together to make it a permanent facility.

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36 miles down, 12 miles to go! As I’m sure you know by now, Andrew enjoys a challenge, so it’s no surprise that his favorite memory at BHI has been building a Shipping Container OR.

“We were given the task of building an operating room in a shipping container. We had that shipping container shipped to Jim’s house, and in the winter we built it into a small operating room– from empty container to a fully outfitted operating room.”

Today, the Shipping Container OR is fully functional and is serving communities in the Bahamas.

Andrew is running so we can complete more projects like this one.

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To kick off the 4x4x48 challenge, Andrew is running 24 miles today! For day 1 of the challenge, we’re reflecting on Andrew’s critical role at BHI.

“I enjoy all of the high pressure problem solving. If there’s many highly detailed things to look after, I am your guy.”

During the height of COVID-19, Andrew fixed 2 oxygen compressors within days of each other. Professionals inside and outside of BHI were unable to identify the problem. Thanks to Andrew, the compressors were quickly repaired and back to supplying surrounding clinics with medical oxygen!

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The @bostonbusinessjournal recently covered BHI’s procurement of hospital beds and additional equipment from the Boston Hope emergency field hospital, run by @massgeneralbrigham. During the early stages of the pandemic, Boston Hope served and isolated post-acute COVID-19 patients, including homeless patients, in the Boston area. Today, 606 beds from this facility continue to serve COVID-19 patients in Haiti and Peru. The remaining medical equipment from Boston Hope will eventually outfit the Maternal Center of Excellence in Sierra Leone.

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BHI’s very own Andrew Jones is taking on the 4x4x48 challenge! If you’ve never heard of this ultramarathon, it means he’ll be running 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours to raise money for our mission.
 
“It sounded incredibly difficult and I thought, I’m gonna give this a try. And it just made sense that if I was going to do something charity related it should be for BHI.”
 
Join us June 17th and June 18th (this Thursday and Friday) to cheer on Andrew and other members of our BHI team who will be running legs of the race in solidarity. You’ll even get to know Andrew along the way!
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“Villagers in Carrefour commune of Ouest, Haiti live just 10 miles from the capital city of Port-au-Prince, but upwards of two hours from medical care due to unpaved roads and Ouest’s mountainous location.”

Learn about how BHI is leveraging Autodesk software to design and build the Saint Rock Haiti Foundation Hospital, enabling greater access to medical care for patients in Carrefour!

 

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Designing healthcare infrastructure in rural areas around the world often means finding innovative ways to design remotely. When BHI began using the Matterport camera in March 2021, our design process was instantly improved — causing our Massachusetts-based architecture team to feel as if they could walk through sites while being thousands of miles away. Take a tour of one of our current project sites, the ServeHAITI Centre de Sante in Grand-Bois, Haiti, and learn more about how Matterport is enhancing BHI’s design process!

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The COVID-19 pandemic spotlighted both the critical role medical oxygen plays in treating patients and the alarming gaps in oxygen infrastructure around the globe. This week, analysts from @pathglobalhealth cited BHI’s work with The DAK Foundation to rapidly assess, repair, and maintain broken oxygen plants in Sub-Saharan Africa as an important and sustainable step towards revitalizing oxygen infrastructure.

Pictured: BHI’s Facilities and Biomedical Engineer, Steve Mtewa completes a PSA Plant assessment in Malawi.

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Last week, Build Health International’s team completed installation of a new solar system at the @worldhopeorg Wesleyan Hospital on the island of La Gonâve, Haiti. The new solar array is composed of @teslamotors Powerpacks, a new generator, and 2x the solar panels that the hospital had before. This installation will enable the Wesleyan Hospital to achieve energy independence for at least the next 10 years, ensure patients have access to reliable power, and virtually eliminate the facility’s carbon footprint!

Reflecting on the accomplishments of the past week, Jaresiah Desrosiers, who led the project for BHI, shared, “It is interesting to me that the team at BHI – myself included – are doing those very things that many in the international community have deemed as impossible. What this says to me is that there is room to further explore those preconceived notions about what is achievable in the realm of global health equity. There is more work to do. There are more boundaries to expand.”

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One year ago today, the last two COVID-19 patients were released from the Boston Hope Medical Center, run by @massgeneralbrigham. When Boston Hope closed, hundreds of beds that once housed Boston-area patients were donated to Build Health International. Today, all of these beds have been distributed and continue to serve patients suffering from COVID-19 in in Peru, Haiti, and beyond.

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We’re excited to announce our partnership with The DAK Foundation to provide rapid, independent assessments of broken PSA oxygen plants, identify key maintenance and repair needs, and ultimately expand access to critical medical oxygen.

Launching this week, the assessment will begin in Malawi and Burundi with the goal of eventually expanding to the most vulnerable countries in Africa.

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Join us at 9 am ET as BHI Co-Founder and Managing Director, Jim Ansara joins leaders from Assist International, World Health Organization (WHO), and Hewa Tele to discuss essential considerations for building a sustainable medical oxygen system.

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Know of an oxygen plant that is broken? Add it to the oxygen “Fix List”. This list is a vital resource for helping Build Health International, and the #EveryBreathCounts coalition as a whole, identify and repair broken oxygen infrastructure in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.

 

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Building healthcare infrastructure in low-resource settings, like rural Haiti, means having to anticipate bumps along the way — literally and figuratively. In our latest article, we share how a recent stoppage caused by steep and uneven roads led BHI’s Site Supervisor Sony Benjamin and his team to troubleshoot, collaborate, and ultimately still successfully complete their job by the end of the day.

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To all the moms who make the world go ’round: Happy Mother’s Day!

Today is a day for celebration, but also reflection. In Sierra Leone, 1 in 20 women run a lifetime risk of dying from pregnancy or childbirth related causes. The future Maternal Center of Excellence (MCoE) in Sierra Leone will help more women experience the joys of motherhood rather than the fears.

BHI is proud to be designing and building this transformative teaching hospital, to expand dignified maternal healthcare in Sierra Leone. Join us in supporting mother everywhere, and honor a mother in your life, by giving to the MCoE!

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An essential, but often overlooked, piece of promoting trust in healthcare is architectural design. Our latest article outlines the design elements employed at the Maternal Center of Excellence in Sierra Leone to restore trust and promote dignity.
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Vote for BHI to present at @autodeskuniversity! BHI is teaming up with @microdesk to present on how we leveraged computational design to promote ventilation and address infection control, operational cost, and occupant comfort at the Maternal Center of Excellence.

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BHI Managing Director Jim Ansara talked with @forbes about the urgent need for the international community to invest in oxygen infrastructure and shared the types of interventions that will be most effective and sustainable in the long run.

“It’s challenging but feasible, Ansara says. Early in the pandemic, BHI worked on integrating a piped oxygen supply into every bed of Haiti’s national teaching hospital. This project was implemented quickly, with an all-Haitian team and a cost of only $300 per bed. “It can be done,” Ansara insists. But scale-up will depend on also improving energy infrastructure and training of local personnel.”

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Happening Now! Join The Vlog Brothers, @johngreenwritesbooks and @hankgreen as they celebrate the groundbreaking for the Maternal Center of Excellence in Sierra Leone!

 

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Join us tomorrow at 9:30 am ET, as BHI Co-Founder and Managing Director Jim Ansara joins Partners In Health, The World Bank, and other global health leaders to discuss strategies for strengthening the availability of medical oxygen.

 

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Today is World Day for Safety and Health at Work! In honor of this day, BHI Board Chair Patricia Meservey, wrote an op-ed for CommonWealth Magazine, reflecting on the importance of infection control, functioning biomedical equipment, and secure infrastructure — considerations that are central to BHI’s work — in protecting and supporting frontline healthcare workers.

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Last Friday, April 23rd, was a groundbreaking day — literally and figuratively — as it marked the beginning of the construction phase for the Maternal Center of Excellence.
 
For staff and patients at the Koidu Government Hospital in Sierra Leone, the MCoE is bigger than just a building. Hear first hand about the impact the MCoE will make from @pihsierraleone Maternal Health Manager, Isata Dumbuya (pictured), and others who will benefit directly from the new facility.
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The day has finally arrived… this morning, we broke ground on the Maternal Center of Excellence with @partnersinhealth @pihsierraleone!

“Once fully operational, the facility is projected to increase facility-based deliveries by 121%, multiply by five-fold family planning visits, and reduce the rate of still births to under 2% in Kono District.

And beyond measured impact, the MCOE will serve as a model health facility, provide a blueprint for future investments in women and children’s health, and stand as a global testament to women’s rights as human rights.”

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There are ✨ 2 Days ✨ until we break ground on the Maternal Center of Excellence in Sierra Leone! And 2 days left to give & help BHI purchase high-quality biomedical equipment for the MCoE!

Partners In Health said it best, “From concept to architectural rendering, the Maternal Center of Excellence (MCOE) has always represented more than a building—it’s a testament to women’s rights as human rights, and an investment in a future that is sustainable and equitable.”

In this same spirit, Friday’s ground breaking ceremony will represent so much more than the beginning of construction, it will be a step towards a future where every mother in Sierra Leone has access to the care she deserves.

Please consider joining us as we embark on one of our most ambitious projects yet by making a gift today. Everyone who gives by Friday will also have the option to dedicate their gift to a mom in their life, and have BHI send her a Mothers Day card on your behalf.

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✨ It’s Bonus Day ✨

A hospital without equipment isn’t a hospital. Yet, in low-and middle income countries, 40% of medical devices are out of service. In designing, building, and equipping the Maternal Center of Excellence, BHI is chipping away at this statistic, by ensuring that physicians have the tools they critically need to deliver high-quality care to patients.

When you give a gift of any amount today, April 14th, your donation will go further! The more funds we raise in comparison to our peers on @GlobalGiving today, the more of the $20,000 in incentive funds we win! Allowing BHI to provide more infant incubators, more beds, more bassinets—and ultimately more dignified care for mothers and their babies.

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In Sierra Leone, currently 1 in 20 mothers will die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. Build Health International is on a mission to improve these outcomes by designing, building, and equipping the Maternal Center of Excellence (MCoE) in Sierra Leone in partnership with @pihsierraleone @partnersinhealth and the Ministry of Health.

Once built, physicians will need essential biomedical equipment like incubators, beds, and fetal monitors to provide care to mothers and babies. Help us improve maternal health outcomes by donating to the MCoE equipment fund.

Every donor who gives between now and April 23rd will be given the option to have BHI send a mother’s day card to a mom of their choice. The card will share the impact made by the MCoE and note that someone they love made a gift in their honor to support mothers in Sierra Leone.

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This week, EyeWitness News reported on reconstruction of the High Rock Clinic on Grand Bahama, in partnership with @DirectRelief.

Grand Bahama Health Services Administrator Sharon A Williams shared,
“At the conclusion of this effort, we will be blessed with a facility that is significantly advanced beyond what we had previously. This will enable us to expand our healthcare programmes within this community, inclusive of a dental suite, which was lacking in our previous facility.”

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The BHI team is growing – and we’re looking for a Contract Recruiter to help us continue our growth! The Contract Recruiter will work closely with BHI managers to complete each step in the hiring process, from developing job descriptions, to creatively sourcing candidates, to supporting new hires through the onboarding process. This is a part-time position with a contract of 6-12 months. Interested or know someone who could be a great fit? Apply here.

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“Building medical facilities in poor resource countries is even harder than it sounds. There can be language barriers, cultural barriers, trouble finding skilled tradesmen, trouble sourcing materials, political unrest, climate-related challenges, logistical challenges and more. But over the years, [Georges] has learned to design a lot of the complexity out of the projects. Even sourcing a simple and universal construction material like concrete blocks can be impossible in some places, but Georges has made a career out of overcoming obstacles.”

The Boston Business Journal recently profiled BHI’s very own Director of Architecture, Gerard Georges, outlining his path to a career in architecture and what motivates him to design healthcare infrastructure for low-resource settings.

BHI is grateful for Gerard’s leadership, passion, and commitment to expanding health equity through sustainable design.

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This fall, BHI had the pleasure of working with a talented team of students in the OnSite Global Consulting program at the @tuckschool at @dartmouthcollege to develop a business model for oxygen delivery in Southern Haiti. Through a series of interviews with local doctors, engineers, and other healthcare NGOs like @healthequityinternational, the Tuck team provided a roadmap for making medical oxygen delivery more accessible and sustainable in the region.

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Medical oxygen – and the infrastructure to support it – is one of the strongest tools we have to fight COVID-19. From Los Angeles, to Brazil, to Nigeria: in recent weeks many hospitals across the world have faced severe oxygen shortages, as COVID-19 cases continue to escalate.
In our latest story, we explore tangible and necessary solutions that can be employed to deliver and sustain oxygen infrastructure, highlighting how BHI and @sociosensalud are collaborating to address oxygen shortages in Peru.
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As 2021 begins, we are thrilled to share that the newly renovated Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais Emergency Department, run by @zanmi_lasante @partnersinhealth, has opened its doors! Adding 4,360 square feet and 21 beds, the expansion more than doubles the capacity of the Emergency Department, allowing the hospital to meet the high demand for emergency care. But as with every project over the past year, this accomplishment was not achieved without challenges posed by COVID-19 along the way. Our latest story shares how the BHI team adapted our work to address the dueling needs of COVID-19 and emergency care simultaneously.

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“The biggest lesson I learned was that the spirit of Haiti and the will of the people responsible for the most successful slave revolt in history and the first Black republic, could not be broken. That in itself was truly inspiring in the midst of the horror and sadness of January 2010.” -BHI Co-Founder, Jim Ansara

Today our thoughts are with our staff and friends in Haiti, as we recognize the solemn 11th anniversary of the Haitian Earthquake, which claimed an estimated 300,000+ lives and devastated millions. Amidst this tragedy, we are reminded of the resilience of the Haitian people, and the strides that have been made to strengthen the healthcare system in Haiti since January 12, 2010. In doing so, we are revisiting an article written last January, chronicling the development of Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais over the past 11 years.

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Over the past few months, BHI has been working with a talented team of students at @tuckschool to develop a sustainable business model for medical oxygen distribution in Haiti’s Southern Peninsula. Through collaboration with a variety of oxygen experts, Haitian clinicians, and staff at BHI, @healthequityinternational, @partnersinhealth, and @saintrockhaiti, the Tuck consultants developed a set of recommendations. We are excited to share their findings with you today, which we plan to leverage to make medical oxygen more accessible and sustainable. Link in our bio to read their full report 👉@buildhealthinternational

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Take a peek into the future Maternal Center of Excellence in Sierra Leone to learn more about the elements of BHI’s innovative design! From the 140 bed maternity ward, to the locally sourced diamond mine stones that make up the building’s facade, to the simulation labs which will train the next generation of equity-minded healthcare workers, @pihsierraleone‘s MCoE promises to strengthen dignified care for women and children in Sierra Leone and beyond.

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On Monday, Lesotho’s first ever oxygen plant was opened! This plant will play a critical role in strengthening Lesotho’s health system, by preventing unnecessary deaths caused by a lack of access to medical oxygen. We are proud to have worked on this important project, by helping procure and install equipment, in partnership with @partnersinhealth!

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“This facility will not just be a building, it will be a fundamental shift in how maternal and child health care is envisioned in Sierra Leone.” – Isata Dumbaya, Head of the Maternity at Kono Government Hospital and the Future MCoE

While we’ve spent a lot of time responding to immediate and emerging healthcare needs this year, we’ve also been busy drawing a blueprint for the future of global health equity. Among these blueprints is the Maternal Center of Excellence in Sierra Leone, which will be run by @partnersinhealth, @pihsierraleonne. Slated to break ground in April 2021, the MCoE will aim to (re)build trust in the public health system, after poor infection control during the 2014 Ebola epidemic led previous hospital facilities to serve as vectors of the disease.

Head on over to our Annual Report to learn more about the MCoE design and the transformative impact this facility will have on healthcare perceptions and outcomes in Sierra Leone.

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Last week, the big ribbon and scissors were broken out, as the modular operating theatre at Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama was officially commissioned, installed, and blessed! Built in partnership with @directrelief and @midmarkcorp, the new Modular OR has been in continuous use since August, serving as a safe and sterile place for surgery after the destruction Hurricane Dorian caused last fall.

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Signed✒️, sealed📩, delivered📫, our 2020 Annual Report is now yours!

This year, the need for reliable healthcare infrastructure has been on all of our minds. We are proud of what we’ve accomplished in 2020, helping health systems move from disaster to resilience and building the foundation for health equity along the way.

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Global health equity needs a strong foundation. From ICUs in Haiti to Maternal Health Centers in East Africa, Build Health International is bringing quality health infrastructure to the places that need it most.

This #GivingTuesday we ask you to #BuildWithUs by making a gift to BHI. Your support allows us to:

🏥Build dignified health infrastructure in the world’s most vulnerable communities.

💡  Power the future of global health through sustainable, resilient design.

🩺 Equip clinicians with the equipment necessary to serve patients and save lives.

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This past week, BHI was featured on @engineeringdotcom for our work with @autodesk’s The Living studio to design and build a 50-bed COVID-19 treatment center in less than five weeks and make our COVID ward design accessible and replicable worldwide!

Learn more about our design process, considerations, and the impact of this work!

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Take a tour of the future Maternal Center of Excellence!

In Sierra Leone, 1 in 20 women are at risk of dying during childbirth. The forthcoming MCoE, which will be run by @pih, @pihsierraleone and the Ministry of Health will aim to radically improve maternal health outcomes and serve as a model for dignified care in Sierra Leone and beyond.

BHI is proud to be designing and building this important and transformative facility, set to break ground in April 2021.

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We are excited to head into Day 3 of #AU2020 by featuring a presentation from our Senior Architectural Designer, Allison Denisky! In this presentation, Allison and her colleagues at @Microdesk discuss how generative design and computational fluid dynamics were used to optimize energy efficiency and reduce operating costs for the Maternal Center of Excellence (MCoE) in Sierra Leone, run by @pihsierraleone @partnersinhealth.

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Have you watched any of BHI’s presentations at Autodesk University yet? If not, now’s a perfect time to start!

Today, we’re highlighting a Theater Talk given by our very own Senior Architectural Designer, Allison Denisky and Project Engineer, Fatlum Troshani. In this discussion, Allison and Fatlum outline the many obstacles and opportunities associated with designing for low-resource settings and share the best practices they employ —including the use of Autodesk software — to overcome these challenges.

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We are thrilled to announce that BHI has received a 2020 AEC Excellence Award, winning the ‘Better World Award’ for our design of the Saint Rock Hospital!🏆

Located in Carrefour commune of Ouest, Haiti and situated upon mountainous terrain, the Saint Rock Hospital will increase healthcare capacity for the region by 400%, providing access to care that was previously unreliable or inaccessible. This award is an honor and a testament to the hard work of both our Architecture & Engineering team as well as our partners at @saintrockhaiti.

Thank you to @autodeskuniversity, @autodesk for this recognition and the tools to make our work at Saint Rock Hospital possible!

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Tomorrow, BHI will be presenting in the ‘COVID‐19 Treatment Centers for Low‐Resource Settings’ webinar, hosted by The American Institute of Architects (AIA). In this webinar, we’ll share how our design approach enabled us to quickly and effectively respond to the pandemic and offer best practices on designing for COVID treatment and recovery.

We hope you will join us tomorrow from 4-5:30 EST!