GHESKIO Cholera Treatment Center

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Can a building help resist an epidemic?

Cholera—a curable, preventable disease that had not existed in Haiti in over a century—emerged following the 2010 earthquake and ran rampant throughout the country. Since the outbreak, cholera patients have been treated in temporary tents, which are difficult to keep sanitary, hot in the Haitian climate, and deficient at ensuring prevention from infection and the human right to dignified health care. In partnership with leading Haitian health care provider Les Centres GHESKIO, MASS designed and built a state-of-the-art permanent cholera treatment center,  incorporating an on-site wastewater treatment facility to thwart recontamination of the water table and consequent spread of the disease. The first permanent cholera treatment center in Haiti, the facility’s facade was crafted by local Haitian metalworkers, and is custom-designed to provide appropriate daylighting and ventilation throughout the facility. MASS also collaborated with local craftsmen to produce furniture to outfit the facility tailored to the needs of cholera patients. The center serves a catchment area of 60,000 Haitians—most of whom reside in a neighboring informal settlement—and treats up to 250,000 gallons of wastewater annually.  

Project Details

18.594395, -72.307433

Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Year: 2015

Status: Completed

Size: 693 sq. m.

Program: Cholera Treatment Center

Services: Architectural Design, Construction Administration, On-Site Training, Expanded Construction Administration

Les Centres GHESKIO

Mazzetti (MEP)
Fall Creek Engineering (Civil)
Nathan King + Virginia Tech Center for Design Research