After several months of consulting with engineers, designers and our staff, the NOVA Executive Committee created a three-phase plan for rehabilitating our facilities and rebuilding our clinic.
Phase I: This phase includes demolishing the unsafe section of our old building along with creating a large, covered pavilion. Because of the climate in Haiti, this pavilion will serve as a multipurpose open-air facility which can be used for triaging patients, health education, seminars, and activities for the children in the community. At the completion of this stage, clinic operations will be moved temporarily into the existing building.
Phase II: While the earthquake was a serious tragedy for the area and a setback for NOVA, it has given us the opportunity to design a new clinic which will better serve our patients. When completed, we will have more exam rooms, more storage, a doctor/ patient consultation room, and better facilities for patients who need lab tests. The new building will also allow for potential expansion to a second floor in the future.
Phase III: Following the completion of the new clinic, all medical care will be moved into this building. We will then convert the original two-story building into a free-standing residence, which will host our medical mission volunteers and other NGOs who need a welcoming and comfortable place to stay when working in and around Cavaillon.