Wednesday, March 7, 2012

new teaching hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti

From the Partners in Health website (link on side bar):

In the town of Mirebalais, just 30 miles north of Port-au-Prince, construction is nearly complete at the site of a flagship teaching hospital that will change the face of public health care in Haiti.

Before January 12, 2010, Partners In Health and our sister organization Zanmi Lasante had been planning to build a new community hospital in Mirebalais. Then the earthquake struck, leaving most of the health facilities in and around Port-au-Prince in ruins. Responding to an urgent appeal from the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP), we quickly scaled up our plans.

When it opens its doors in 2012, the 180,000-square foot, 320-bed hospital will offer a level of care never before available at a public facility in Haiti. And at a time when Haiti desperately needs skilled professionals, Mirebalais National Teaching Hospital will provide high-quality education for the next generation of Haitian nurses, medical students, and resident physicians.

The hospital construction includes significant investment in green technology. The facility will use 400kW of high efficiency photovoltaic roof-mounted solar collectors provide it's electrical power. This will eliminate or significantly offset usage during the day. The massive solar array will be one of, if not the, largest in Haiti, and may even allow the hospital to return extra capacity back to the power grid.

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