The current Wesleyan hospital serves as the only place on the island which can carry out caesarean sections and minor surgery. Built in the 1950s by the Wesleyan Mission, the hospitals 33 beds just about coped when the islands population was around 10,000. In the 50s and 60s however the Haitian govt decided to “clean up” the mainland and started dumping people from the mainland onto Lagonave. As a result of this the population boomed and now stands at approx 120,000. Clearly the hospital is at breaking point in terms of capacity and the building from the 50s needs to be upgraded to bring it into the current century.
Lemon Aid have spearheaded a global fundraising campaign to allow the construction of a new hospital for Lagonave. To date, assisted by many great partners across the globe, we have raised just over $1m USD of the estimated $1.2m USD construction cost.
The new facility will have 44 beds in 2 wards, including the islands first separate infectious diseases ward. There will be two operating theatres, 4 delivery beds, X-ray facilities, and an emergency room suite with minor ops room.
As of March 2013 we can confirm that externally the two wards are complete and ready for internal fit out. The main wing is awaiting three sheets of steel to complete the roof structure then the plasterers can move in to prepare the walls. It is planned to begin laying the tile floors in the wards in April 2013.
A final push for funds is now underway and we have a very generous offer from a donor to match pound for pound what we can raise between now and August 1st 2013 upto £60,000. You can donate on the tab above or contact email@example.com for more information.
Our great friends in the USA at Lenape Solar are raising funds to allow the entire hospital to be run on solar. This is a separate project on its own requiring $560,000USD for the entire system. Over 50% of this has also been raised or donated so far.