Three volunteer engineers from Maine traveled to the Justinien Hospital this Januaruy to work with Konbit Sante and Justinien Hospital staff to improve the water situation at the Justinien Hospital.
The electrical company - EDH - continues to supply poor quality power to the hospital. Only one of the three phases is working well, which means that 3-phase equipment (e.g., the JUH well #1, the refrigeration system in the morgue and the SOP sterilizer) only works when the hospital runs its generator.
The well pump, which KS installed a few years ago, was no longer working. It might have been damaged by the poor power, but we don't know for sure. Instead of replacing the pump with another needing 3-phase power, KS installed a new pump with a single-phase motor. This means the well will work whether EDH or the hospital is supplying power.
We worked with one of the local electricians, to install the electrical work for the new pump and with two others on the plumbing. The pump is now working.
The other well pump was also having problems caused by the poor EDH power. It runs on 220V and it wasn't getting the power it needed. We switched the circuit breaker to the phase that was working and made a few other electrical changes. The hospital now has three operational pumps - two electrical and one hand!
Konbit Sante volunteers also completed a major project that they have been working on over numerous trips. After receiving specialized training in the US this fall, our volunteers finalized and completed the installation of a very large hospital grade sterilizer. This sterilizer increases the ability of the entire hospital to sterilize surgical and medical equipment, reducing the spread of infection.
These volunteers have returned regularly and have accomplished exceptional improvements, in partnership with staff at the hospital. We will be meeting in March to conduct an evaluation of the work completed and help finalize a plan for next steps for the coming year. Haiti has been in the news often, but one rarely hears of successes, and Konbit Sante as an organization would like to thank our donors and our volunteers who work alongside Haitian staff to make lasting improvements together.
Thanks to all of you for your continued support!