Safe and green: smart health facilities
Smart hospitals are strategically built to resist disaster events and provide services under emergency conditions, using resources more efficiently and reducing environmental footprint
The Smart Hospitals project is one of PAHO’s largest partnership initiative, together with the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), which leads the country’s work to tackle global challenges including poverty and disease.
Piloted in 2012 in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Kitts and Nevis, the project was then extended to 7 English-speaking Caribbean countries. Running from 2015 to 2022, the project will be instrumental in retrofitting at least 50 smart health facilities in Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia and Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
With more than 67% of hospitals in the Caribbean and Latin America located in areas of high-risk disaster areas, this partnership between PAHO and FCDO is providing safer, greener health facilities to deliver care in disasters, generate operational savings and reduce disaster losses in the Caribbean.