The Haiti earthquake on January 12, 2010, struck and further weakened a health system with historically poor health outcomes. This is particularly true for the public health facility infrastructure in Haiti, which, in addition to facilities destroyed or damaged in the earthquake, has serious infrastructure shortfalls throughout the health system such as: structures that are in poor condition or not seismically resilient, lack of clean water and adequate sanitation, and lack of availability of adequate power.
The Haiti Health Infrastructure Program (HHIP) exists to renovate, construct, and equip Ministry of Health facilities damaged in the earthquake as well as facilities in the U.S. Government development corridors to ensure adequate access to care for priority communities and the functioning of the local health referral networks though the provision of adequate, sanitary, and safe facilities.
- Reconstruction of the National University General Hospital (L’Hôpital Universitaire d’État d’Haïti) and the National Campus for Health Sciences (Le Campus des Sciences de la Santé), both in Port-au-Prince
- Renovation of existing medical facilities and construction of new hospitals and health centers to strengthen health referral networks in the North, Northeast, West, and Artibonite departments
- Renovation and upgrading of public facilities to improve access for people with disabilities in the North, Northeast, West, and Artibonite departments
- Design and construction of new medical supply warehouses in the West, North, and South departments to support improved health commodities supply chains
- Power and electrical upgrades of medical facilities to improve the ability of the Ministry of Health to provide health care services and expand HIV testing as anti-retroviral drug treatment throughout the country
As of September 2013, this project has:
- Completed renovation work and installed power systems for several key health facilities in the North, Northeast, and West Departments;
- Accomplished project planning, environmental impact assessments, and detailed architectural and engineering designs for the St Michel de l’Attalye Community Hospital, the National Campus of Health Sciences, and the Central Medical Commodities Warehouse;
- Assisted with the construction and relocation of the Ministry of Health’s offices to a new location following the destruction of the ministry building in the earthquake; and
- Helped improve technical and managerial capacity of Haitian professionals and tradespersons.
Budget: Approximately $100 million
Life of Project: June 2011 – September 2016
Implementing Partners: AECOM, TetraTech, USAID’s Office of Transitions Initiatives, and multiple local and regional construction contractors
Last updated: February 06, 2014