An aerial view of the new building at Tambacounda Hospital
Jan 05, 2021

In the spring of this year, the new pediatric and maternity units will open at Tambacounda Hospital. When the first patients walk in, they will find new examination rooms, waiting rooms, bathrooms, and lodgings where families can stay overnight. These spaces will be a major step towards improving overall healthcare in a rural, impoverished, and often overlooked region.

The redesign, created by Manuel Herz and built by a local construction team, will increase capacity for care at the hospital by 300%. A later phase of the project will include new staff housing that will hopefully encourage the retention of doctors and nurses in Tambacounda. Over the last five years, we have seen multiple pediatricians and OBGYNs leave after being daunted by the poor conditions at the hospital and the city’s rural setting. We are eager to change that.

Construction on the new building is well-advanced, and should wrap up late this winter. We are thrilled and heartened that the project has been able to remain on schedule despite all the challenges of the last year—thank you to everyone who has made this possible.