Haiti's biggest hospital still not rebuilt 10 years after quake

January 22, 2020

A hospital in Port-au-Prince was one of the first projects approved for Haiti’s reconstruction following the earthquake of 2010, but a decade later, it has yet to open, according to an article on the Pulitzer Center website.

The new Hospital of the State University of Haiti has had construction cost overruns, missed deadlines and concerns that Haiti won’t be able to afford operating a massive 534-bed facility that would replace the current general hospital, the article said.

In July, after five years of construction, the site was shut down and the project team terminated its contract, citing $16 million in claims it said Haiti must pay for the company to restart. 

The complaints range from change orders Haiti demanded to costs the firm says it is incurring because of soaring inflation and the political crisis, which has led to repeated work stoppages amid countrywide lockdowns.

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