VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Operation Blessing is playing a role in the opening of an important new teaching hospital in Haiti that will fill a huge void for Haitians who previously had limited access to quality health care.
The Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais (HUM), in Mirebalais, Haiti, created by Partners In Health, hosted a Celebration of Partnership event to recognize the contributions of its partner organizations to the construction of the new hospital. The 205,000-square foot, 300-bed facility will provide primary care services to about 185,000 people in Mirebalais and two nearby communities. But patients from a much wider area—all of central Haiti and areas in and around Port-au-Prince—also will be able to receive secondary and tertiary care.
In addition to providing healthcare services, HUM will also provide high-quality education for the next generation of Haitian nurses, medical students and resident physicians. For the hospital, Operation Blessing, has drilled five water wells including the primary hospital well and backup, an off-site well for hospital staff housing and two community wells for public use.
In addition to the wells, OBI also facilitated the donation of a water disinfection/filtration system through longtime partner, Severn Trent Services. The system is capable of producing up to six pounds of sodium hypochlorite per day, which can disinfect some 165,000 gallons of water daily for the hospital. The system also will filter the water to ensure it is free of any particulate.
OBI staff worked together with a Severn Trent technician to install and commission the system. And OBI is providing technical support and maintenance for the water system, and will continue to do so to ensure the hospital has water available at every tap that meets the U.S. standards for water quality.
“When Paul Farmer and Partners In Health asked if Operation Blessing would help to provide clean water for the new hospital, we jumped at the chance to help our longtime friend,” said Bill Horan, president of Operation Blessing. “We are also grateful to our friends at Trent Severn
Services, who graciously donated a water system that will disinfect and filter the water from the wells and supply the entire hospital.”