NOTE: this post was authored prior to discovering that Partners in Health was transitioning to more modern concrete production systems. The Mirebalais Hospital project is now a symbol of how the concrete supply chain can work in Haiti when the right support is provided. We salute Partners in Health for these efforts
Partners is Health is building a new hospital to help the sick in Haiti. They have great plans to bring the best technology to the Island of Hispaniola. When you watch the video promoting their new construction project you will see some really big equipment and heavy trucks moving around the construction site.
Then at the 3:45 mark of the video there are the images that should make us all think seriously. You will see highlighted the images of shovels mixing concrete on the ground. An action that has been proven to be deadly for Haitian families during an earthquake.
Here is another example of spending money on some of the best equipment available, and yet forgetting to take the shovels out of the concrete construction process in poor nations.
The goal of this hospital is to teach Haitians how to provide quality care, and Partners in Health seem to be very qualified to meet that objective. But who is providing the quality concrete for this hospital’s construction? Well, you can see them for yourself at the 3:45 minute point in this video.
The words “we are ready and primed to responsibly and adequately build a facility…” introduce you to the images of concrete being mixed on the ground with shovels! The proof is at the 3:40 mark.
These people are all well-meaning and they really are trying to do the right thing for Haiti. I hope that they have people inspecting and testing the concrete that will be asked to hold up all that heavy masonry. Haiti has enough crumbled concrete blocks and cement in their rubble piles.