Butaro Doctors' Housing

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Butaro, Burera District, Rwanda

Located on an adjacent site to the Butaro District Hospital, the Butaro Doctors’ Housing is designed to attract and retain skilled physicians on campus. 

Completed in November 2012, the project again used local materials and craftspeople to create an earthquake safe, and sustainable series of structures. MASS designed four duplexes to house eight doctors and medical personnel, which were built with compressed stabilized earth blocks (CSEBs)—a brick produced with dirt excavated on-site—manufactured by skilled, local craftspeople. The project created 900 jobs for members of the local community, provided on-site training in sustainable construction practices, and distributed $400,000 into the local and regional economies.

Butaro Doctors’ Housing was completed in collaboration with the Daniel E. Ponton Fund at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Partners In Health, and the Rwandan Ministry of Health. It is the second of five MASS projects on the campus, including the Butaro District Hospital, Doctors’ Sharehousing, the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence, and an Oncology Support Center.

Project Details

-1.401405, 29.832337

Location: Burera District, Northern Province, Rwanda

Year: 2012

Status: Completed

Size: 440 sq. m.

Program: Four duplex housing units at the Butaro District Hospital to support physicians and staff.

Services: Project Accompaniment, Architectural Design, Master Planning, Construction, Administration, On-site Training

Rwanda Ministry of Health,
Partners In Health,
Brigham and Women's Hospital,
The Daniel E. Ponton Fund