Proposal for Building a Patient Ward Building at Kibuye Hope Hospital, Gitega, Burundi

A two-level, 7,400 square feet, patient ward building will be built on the Kibuye Hope Hospital campus. Pediatrics care is planned for the ground floor and internal medicine care for the upper floor. Total cost for fully equipping this building is estimated to be $340,000.

The patient ward building will be the catalyst for other major buildings to come and will set the standard for new and improved patient care for all future development of this Christian healthcare center. This building is important for adding bed space for patient care and also because it will be a new design with consultation rooms and space I patient care areas to promote better clinical instruction to students.


The new ward building is the initial structure in developing the Master Plan since space for inpatient care is the critical element in the existing hospital. The two-level ward building adds 48 beds in a simple and effective layout and increases the bed capacity of the hospital by almost 50 percent. Ability to care for more patients also provides better educational opportunities to more future doctors and nurses for Africa.
Many improvements for both patient care and student training are included in the ward building design. Structural design follows trends used in other modern tropical hospitals to allow for natural light and ventilation thereby saving energy costs and reducing airborne disease transmission. Nurses will be able to observe patient needs from a very functional Nurses’ Station. Eight isolation beds for patients with highly contagious diseases such as tuberculosis are positioned for efficient patient care while reducing the likelihood of spreading germs to patients who have other grave illnesses. A meeting room allows medical and nursing student education to take place close to stations for patients care. There is also a procedure room so that patients can have blood draws and diagnostic tests performed in the privacy of a clean, well-lit room.
Attached are two drawings adapted from the Master Plan. Drawing A.1 illustrates the general outline and location of the new building relative to the existing main hospital structure. Drawing A.2 is the floor plan proposed for the ground floor. This shows the arrangement for pediatric patient care, the isolation rooms, the nurses’ station and the other rooms for minor procedures, administration, and education. The upper floor for internal medicine patients is of similar size and layout.


As the first major health ministry building of the Master Plan the patient ward building will stimulate the next steps in developing Kibuye Hope Hospital. This two-level, 48 bed patient care building will set the bar for quality, effectiveness, and vision for all future construction at Kibuye Hope Hospital.