Kay e Sante nan Ayiti (Creole for Housing and Health in Haiti) is an international, open-innovation project aimed at improving health outcomes in the Bois L’Etat community of Saint-Marc, Haiti. Our goal is to build a long-lasting community-based health transformation, involving both construction and education.
Drawing nearly 1600 participants from architecture, design, engineering, and public health, the project began with a competition to gather innovative solutions that used environmental design as a strategy for preventing infectious disease transmission such as tuberculosis, particularly in those most vulnerable. From a set of finalists, an international panel of judges including engineers, health professionals, and architects selected five winning designs. You can take a look at the finalists and winners here.
The shelters are currently in phase of construction along with a water and sanitation system. Parallel community programs will provide sensitization of health-housing issues, vocational training, and other learning activities for adults and children in Bois l’Etat. The project is managed by ARCHIVE and Fondation Esther Boucicault Stanislas (FEBS), and in partnership with Haiti Water and Partners in Health Haiti: Zanmi Lasante.