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Meeting Water and Wastewater Challenges at the Justinian Hospital in Urban Haiti

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The 250-bed Justinian Hospital (JUH) in Cap Haitien, Haiti lacks water for its most basic needs. Doctors do not have enough water to wash hands between patients. Patients and their families have no water for hygiene. JUH relies on a single well, which delivers less than 4,000 gallons per day, a small fraction of the flow needed. Daily power outages have further jeopardized the supply. The available water is contaminated with fecal coliforms, making it unsuitable for drinking and medical uses.

Volunteers with Konbit Sante have worked with the Ministry of Health, hospital staff, and the local water company to develop solutions to the hospital's water needs. Along the way, the team has addressed a variety of challenges ranging from language and cultural differences (i.e., technical experience), to defining priorities for the limited water to funding, among others. Several projects have been identified to improve conditions in the short term and long-term.
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Keywords: HAITI; HEALTHCARE; INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT; WATER

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-10-01

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