Niger

Hospital Master Plan and Structural Upgrades, Niamey, Niger
CURE Hospital for Children

Project Scope
CURE Niger is the only hospital in Niger offering specialty surgical care for physically disabled children with a variety of conditions. As such, the hospital’s impact is extensive. CURE Niger serves children locally, throughout every region of the country, and from neighboring countries. Since opening its doors in 2010, CURE Niger has been dedicated to treating disabling conditions such as clubfoot, burn contractures, cleft lips and palates, and other deformities. The hospital’s reputation as a center of excellence is evidenced by the increasing number of patients arriving for treatment every year.

Throughout the accounts of His life, Jesus often talks about the kingdom of God. It’s a place where the last are first, and the king Himself identifies with the “least of these.” CURE serves children who, because of their disabilities, are often the very last: the last to be included; the last to be protected from abuse; the last to be afforded dignity; and, sometimes, even the last to be given food in their own homes.

CURE says healing changes everything not only because it brings an end to physical pain but because it means restoration of dignity, protection from abuse, and inclusion in family, school, and culture. CURE’s work is not limited to physical health. They are just as focused on the spiritual health of the children they serve. Often, the children are told their condition is due to a curse. Through healing, we get to show them that God hasn’t cursed them, but loves them, dearly.

In 2016, EMI paid a short visit to the hospital and performed a structural evaluation of the Compressed Earth Block buildings completed in 2010. Several have significant cracking due to inadequate foundations. We recommended they have a team come to do a more in-depth investigation and provide details on recommended repairs. CURE has now invited us to bring structural engineers for this purpose as well as a full team to help them prepare a master plan for their site.

Volunteer Resources

Team Needs

Architects – to prepare conceptual designs of future facilities of the Master Plan

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Landscape Architect / Master Planner – to prepare a master plan for expansion of the current medical and housing facilities

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Civil Engineers – to review existing water distribution and waste water treatment systems, and to design storm water management

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Electrical Engineer – to evaluate present and future site power needs

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Structural Engineers – to review existing Compressed Earth Block buildings which are showing signs of structural distress and provide recommendations for structural repairs

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Surveyor – to provide a topographical survey of the 6 acre site with existing buildings and infrastructure

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