Announcements March 08, 2016

Building Dignified Facilities and Quality Infrastructure

Saving lives and breaking cycles of poverty and disease depends heavily on building infrastructure to ensure that health facilities are accessible, welcoming, and suitable for delivering effective care.  This is no easy task in the poor rural setting where we operate, but the lives and welfare of thousands of people hang in the balance.

Working with the Ministry of Health and people in the villages, we have accomplished a great deal already including: completely renovating Ranomafana Health Center (see before and after photos below); providing essentials for all 4 health centers in which we are currently operating such as latrines and showers, family housing and kitchens, staff housing, waste management facilities, and laundry areas; donating equipment and furniture for our 4 health centers and the district hospital; renovating the district hospital emergency room and equipping it with new beds, new cabinets, sinks etc., and portioning the old structure in several areas to better manage patient flows and provide better care.

   

Ranomafana Health Center, before and after renovation

Our construction plans follow the national norms for health facilities and aim at providing the most essential infrastructure to allow the provision of basic services at each level of care.  We are currently engaged in a number of critical projects. For example, we are constructing a new maternal health building at the Kelilalina Health Center and renovating the existing building.  Looking ahead, our plans include an extension and renovation for the Ifanadiana Health Center, water supply and major construction for the Androrangavola Health Center, and electricity supply in Tsaratanana and all remaining health centers.

 

New washbasin, latrines, and waste management facilities

In addition, we have brought in an architect to study the district hospital, and we are waiting his formal recommendations.  They likely will include extensive reorganization of existing space, additional beds, and new buildings for administration and isolation wards.