Build Health International

Project Introduction

In September 2019, Hurricane Dorian devastated the entire island of Grand Bahamas, destroying much of the already sparse healthcare infrastructure. In partnership with Direct Relief, BHI responded to the need for healthcare by designing, constructing, and equipping a replacement clinic in High Rock, furnishing three other clinics on the island with medical equipment, and constructing an operating room within a shipping container at the Rand Memorial Hospital.

Build Health International

Project Information

  • Square Feet
  • Timeline
    February 2020 - July 2021
  • Operational Partner
    Direct Relief
& Design
& Equip
Build Health International

Project Description

In 2019, Hurricane Dorian caused serious damage across the island of Grand Bahama. This destruction included widespread damage to Bahamian healthcare infrastructure, which was already limited; the island only has one main hospital in Freeport. In order to fill this glaring need, Direct Relief asked BHI to design, build, and equip a new clinic in the central town of High Rock. The High Rock Clinic promotes good health for the nearby communities by providing a physically and financially accessible facility for check-ups, dental care, examinations, and more.

In addition to the challenges inherent in disaster relief, BHI had to navigate the restrictions and supply chain disruptions inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to overcome these obstacles, the clinic was pre-fabricated in the United States in order to ensure easier shipping and installation. The clinic was constructed with four simply-shaped, multi-functional rooms for dental operations, doctor’s visits, and nurse examinations. This project required coordination at all levels of the supply chain from procurement, to packing, to shipping construction materials and medical equipment.