Increase and improve the hospital's water supply by drilling a second well. This is a collaborative project between U.S. water engineers and workers from the Cap-Haitien community.
The 250-bed Justinian Hospital serves more than 500,000 Haitians, but has a water supply that would be marginal for most American homes. Its single well delivers less than 1/6 of the flow needed. Doctors lack water to wash hands between patients. Patients and their families have no water for hygiene and must buy drinking water from street vendors. This project, part of a larger program, will substantially improve the water supply for the staff, patients, and their families.
The project involves drilling a 350-foot deep bedrock well, piping it to an existing storage tank, constructing a masonry well house, and providing a diesel generator for backup power. Local workers will supply the labor.
Transmission of infectious diseases by doctors and patients served by this 250-bed regional hospital will be reduced because of improved supply of water within the hospital.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Konbit Sante Website
"Haiti: The Struggle for Water," PBS Frontline