The story so far
In 2022, construction began on a purpose-built eye teaching hospital in Ouesso. The eye block is due for completion in the end of 2023, and next phase of construction for accommodations for staff, visitors and patient families is planned. The hospital will serve the whole region and aims to become a hub for medical outreach.
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Meet the Construction Project Manager
I am Frederic DEGY, project manager and representative of the company Fortis Logistique. It is an honour for me as a Franco-Congolese to have the responsibility of leading this project which aims to help the populations of northern Congo and the Congo Basin in general. Fortis is a local company created in 2009 and employs about 250 people. It has a presence throughout the country, with a base at Pointe-Noire, at Brazzaville and at Ouesso since 2016. The great challenge of this project is the isolation of this area and the supply of tools and materials. The fact that we are in the transport business makes us a good partner who can both transport the materials and carry out the construction to international standards.
Photo caption: Fred (first on the right) with volunteer engineer Jason Kalb, founders Henri and Joyce Samoutou, and volunteer engineer Jack Eisenbach
The Construction Plan
The land acquired by New Sight has an area of 6 hectares (60,000 m2) and we have currently fenced off only 2 hectares (20,000 m2)
The building will include :
- 20 beds (including 2 VIP rooms and 2 isolation rooms)
- Outpatient department (including emergency room, consultation room, examination room, counselling room)
- Optical shop with workshop
- Surgical unit, including 2 operating theatres, a pre- and post-op ward
- Support and sterilisation department
- Laser treatment unit
- Training centre
- Rest area for staff and students
The building will also be an environmentally friendly, as it will be 95% self-sufficient in water and electricity, thanks to an electrical supply via solar panels.
What’s been done
What’s being done now
What’s to be done
The Latest Update
Week of 28 July 2023
Imagine you’re a patient, coming to our hospital for the first time! Let Ezra help you …
Week of 20 July 2023
Ezra is back in Ouesso for summer holidays and he’s taken over the construction updates!
See what he’s surprised about when he sees the space in person, and what mummy Joyce is happy about!
Week of 30 June 2023
Our June construction video shows that the solar panels have been fitted, internal walls are now up, the plumbing and incinerator have been installed, and the team is now working on the electrics, solar panels, air-conditioning, ceiling framing, as well as continuing with windows, tiling and paintwork.
Week of 13 May 2023
The eye block is looking impressive! Building exterior wall plastering and painting are ongoing as are works on the lintel and the concrete pavement. In the interior, work on floor tiling, plumbing and pipes, and door and window edges continue.
Week of 30 April 2023
These aerial photos show the overall progress being made on the site:
Throughout April, work continued on: plumbing work, brick laying, interior wall plastering, window edge finishing, roofing work, wall painting in inpatient area, wall painting in nurse station, operation theatre walls forming, floor tiling in inpatient area, floor screed pouring, manhole forming, and rainwater collector slab reinforcement.
Week of 10 April 2023
Joyce reports that tiles are laid down – every tile represents the support we have received.
Week of 31 March 2023
Over the month, great progress has been made in several areas: plumbing, brick-laying, interior-wall plastering, theatre-wall reinforcement, lintel installation, building-slab preparation for concrete pouring, and tiling work on floors and walls.
Week of 20 March 2023
Joyce reports that the walls and ceiling are up, and the floor slabs are set.
Week of 20 February 2023
Work continues on painting, plumbing, brick-laying, and plastering of interior walls.
Week of 1 February 2023
The main building foundation is complete, concrete pouring continues on the slab, work continues on the wall partitions.
Week of 30 January 2023
Joyce and Wendy report that the floor slab is all laid out and the plumbing is almost complete!
Week of 20 January 2023
Part of the solar panels, paint and bathroom tiles were delivered. The hangar erection is now 97% complete. Kitchen painting and bathroom tiling began, and work continued on the foundation for the main building and slab.
Week of 7 January 2023
Work continues on the hangar and roof installation.
On 31 December 2022
On New Year’s Eve, Joyce reports that the roof is almost completed and the plumbing is on its way!
Week of 19 December 2022
Joyce’s reflection about growth and update on construction progress.
Week of 4 December 2022
Check out Joyce’s update on exciting progress here.
Week of 19 September 2022
Construction is progressing well and going full steam ahead to make up for lost time. Check out Joyce’s impromptu 1-minute tour of the construction site!
Eye Hospital Construction Ground-breaking Ceremony
On 28 July 2022, we were overjoyed to hold a groundbreaking ceremony to officially mark the start of the construction of our eye hospital. To watch the national news coverage and see more photos, please visit: Ouesso Eye Hospital Groundbreaking Ceremony.