Build Health International

Project Introduction

A site assessment conducted in summer 2015 identified a series of maintenance and construction needs at facilities run by Zanmi Lasante (ZL) and Partners in Health (PIH) in the Artibonite region of Haiti. BHI carried out a $1 million rehabilitation of infrastructure at 12 hospitals and clinics through the repair and reconstruction of water, sanitation, and electricity systems.

Build Health International

Project Information

  • Scope of Work
    12 Healthcare Facilities
  • Timeline
    September 2015 - June 2016
  • Operational Partner
    Zanmi Lasante
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Build Health International

Project Description

In 2015, BHI conducted an assessment of the clinics and hospitals administered by Zanmi Lasante (ZL) which revealed a host of issues. This assessment found problems with the water supply to the hospitals; unreliable generators and dangerous electrical systems; lack of restroom facilities for staff; lack of adequately trained maintenance staff; lack of resources to provide proper maintenance; and damaged or insufficient wastewater systems. In 2016, after considering the data obtained from this initial assessment, BHI and ZL looked at the project budget, determined which areas would provide the most benefit to patients and their well-being, and planned system adjustments and repairs accordingly. Critical redesigns were made to the potable water systems of the Hôpital St. Therese in Hinche (Hinche HST); wells were dug and water distribution pipes were entrenched to provide potable water to Petite Reviere, Cerca La Source, and Lacolline Lascahobas. New generators were installed at Hôpital St. Nicolas in St. Marc (St. Marc HSN), Cange, and Hinche HST. At Hinche HST and the Boucan Carre Archives Building, severe cracks in both buildings were filled and water drainage was improved to prevent foundation cracks from reforming. At most of these sites, maintenance staff received further training on how to repair these vital systems.