The Mother-Child Hospital of Bingerville
Why the Bingerville Mother-Child Hospital?
Social, environmental and demographical changes have a direct impact on countries’ epidemiological state. This image sufficiently overshadowed by the devastating effects of malaria and HIV-AIDS does not meet the expectations of the Millennium Development Goals (MOGs). The 2011 UN report on these MOGs is revealing: ‘Progress has been made in the areas of health and education, but it is urgent to do more in the areas of maternal and infant mortality, nutrition and sex equality’.
Maternal and infant mortality rate is a good indicator of a country’s development. In fact, wealthy countries have much lower mortality rates than poor countries. Côte d’Ivoire, a developing country, is no exception and these mortality indicators are still alarming: the neonatal mortality rate is 41 in every 1,000 whereas in Canada, this rate is 3. In addition, according to the survey report of AIDS indicators in 2005, 543 women die out of every 100,000 live births. In the light of the foregoing, the mother-child relationship will continue to remain at the heart of health policies in Côte d’Ivoire where healthcare is far from meeting the needs of the populations.
It is in that context Mrs Dominique OUATTARA, President of Children of Africa Foundation and always sensitive to children welfare, has taken on a commitment to take up the challenges facing our country. Therefore, she shows her commitment through the construction of a reference hospital specially dedicated to mothers and children. In general, this project will help to reduce maternal, neonatal and child morbidity and death.
More specifically, it involves:
• Improving healthcare for the pair mother and child;
• Providing services and quality care to the pair mother and child;
• Facilitating research and training for quality care.
This project will be carried out in the Bingerville Commune. Former capital of Côte d’Ivoire, Bingerville embodies a whole symbol. As an integral part of one of the greatest health districts, with a technical platform now obsolete, this commune is open to an ever-growing population. In fact, a number of housing projects are underway in this locality. Furthermore, the construction of a third bridge will facilitate the access of populations to the Mother-Child Hospital of Bingerville.
It will be a tertiary-level health facility of the health pyramid in order to ensure a global and integrated healthcare support in a more modern, holistic vision.
Besides common pathologies, the Bingerville Mother-Child Hospital will support emerging mother and child cancer diseases as well as Buruli ulcer which primarily affects children.
The project also hopes to highlight Mother-to-Child HIV-AIDS Transmission Prevention (MCTP) on which Mrs. Dominique OUATTARA, as Ambassador, puts a special stress.
Children of Africa Foundation, headed by President Mrs. Dominique OUATTARA, concerned with the wellbeing of mothers and children, plans to build the Mother-Child Hospital of Bingerville, a large-scale modern medical undertaking. This hospital will make a difference through quality and quantity of service in order to give greater hope to African children.
Dr Jérôme SON
Public Health Specialist
Project Manager, Children of Africa Foundation
PRESENTATION OF THE HOSPITAL
The site of the project
The hospital will be built on a plot of 2 hectares located within a medical environment (the Bingerville General Hospital, the Medico-Social Centre and the Psychiatric Hospital) and adjoining the botanic garden.
The following services, amongst others, will be provided:
• Consultations (pediatric, gynecological, obstetrical)
• Family planning and health education counseling (conception, screening for STDs)
• Urgent medical and surgical cases for mothers and children (related to pregnancy or any gynecological problems)
• Pregnancy (monitoring, accompanying)
• Delivery and post-partum support
• Medical and surgical gynecology (cancer diagnosis and treatment by chemotherapy, onco-surgery)
• Medical and surgical pediatrics (infectious and parasitic illness), pediatrics cancer monitoring
CAPACITY OF THE HOSPITAL AND THE TECHNICAL PLATFORM:
The hospital has a capacity of 100 beds including 80 active and 20 passive beds backed today by 4 operating rooms.
This capacity will rise in the end to 150 beds and 6 operating rooms.
In addition to the surgical unit, the hospital will have support services such as:
• Conventional radiology, ultrasound, mammography and scanners
• Medical analysis lab
• Blood bank
• Central sterilization unit
Attachment of a logistics service:
• Kitchen and restaurant
• Laundry room
• Technical and maintenance areas.
• The whole is organized along the main structuring axes
1) The ‘public’ way:
Serving the main hospital lobby connected to consultation areas and landscaped patio gardens.
2) The ‘medical’ way:
The ‘medical’ way is only for medical staff and patients’ transfer to the medico-technical area. It goes from emergencies and the entire technical platform (imaging, operating theatre, obstetrical unit).
• Vertical circulations are connected to these two axes (elevators, lifts and bed elevators).
• Are the Administration and accommodation.
Cost of the operation:
The investment budget for the Mother-Child Hospital of Bingerville will be 5 billion, 250 million FCFA for the first 100 beds.