A Brighter Day for Haiti: New Solar Powered Hospital Fills Service Void

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Until recently Haitian residents in and around the region of Mirebalais had little access to adequate healthcare.

The massive earthquake the island nation suffered in 2010 only made matters more worse when their main public teaching hospital, l’Université d’Etat d’Haiti, was seriously damaged. But even prior to the earthquake, there was a dire need for improved care in Haiti, especially in pediatrics; the country held the highest infant and child mortality rates in the Western Hemisphere, according to OneXOne.

A new environmentally-friendly hospital in Mirebalais will now fill this huge service void, locally and nationally. Just outside of Port-au-Prince, the region’s first solar powered patient care centre will provide healthcare to upwards of 185,000 people, as many as 500 individuals each day.

Solar powered hospital in Haiti
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The roof of University Hospital contains 1,800 solar panels, generating enough juice for powering lighting and equipment in the 200,000 square foot facility.

Before the facility even opened its doors, the system churned out 139 megawatt hours of electricity, enough to charge 22 million smartphones and offset 72 tons of coal. –OneXOne

It is the world’s largest solar powered hospital and since its official open this past March 2013, has serviced over 4,000 patients using solar energy. University Hospital holds 300 beds, including a pediatric wing and three wards dedicated to patient care for women. The Pediatric Wing alone is expected to provide up to 5,000 in-patient and 35,000 out-patient medical services for children each year.

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The hospital will save an estimated $379,000 a year with its extensive solar installation, and will generate more energy than it requires, allowing the institution to redirect extraneous power back into the country’s national grid.

1 thought on “A Brighter Day for Haiti: New Solar Powered Hospital Fills Service Void”

  1. In light of my preoccupation with staying healthy, I was taken aback when I learned that I now need urgent medical attention. However, my health worsened, I became sluggish, and I started to suffer from constant headaches and migraines as a result of my sedentary lifestyle. I was transferred to a distant country for treatment after physicians in my city were unable to diagnose my problem. If you’re looking for this sort of service, there’s a website that offers it https://bookinghealth.com/clinics/all . Using their assistance, I was able to locate and book a top-notch facility in Germany. Thank you for your assistance.


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