Back to Basics
The building adopts a modern, “back to basics” approach, utilizing local construction techniques and labor. The design strategy is quite simple: a garden pavilion that opens to a dramatic natural landscape. All the delivery rooms are fully enclosed, with circulation, lobbies and waiting areas covered yet open to the outside environment.
In addition to the maternity and neonatal service, a 5,000 SF training center will provide for community health development and related activities. A therapeutic “Mother’s Garden” will address the psychological and physical needs for patients, families and communities. Paths for strolling weave between planting beds, with shaded sitting areas along the way. The maintenance of the garden, which is full of local plants and vegetables, will be incorporated into the community development program.
Photography copyright Terry Sebastian, courtesy of Build Health International and Erik Benson via St. Boniface Haiti Foundation.