Bamyan, Afghanistan, 24 April 2017 - Over the course of little over a decade, the number of admissions to the old Bamyan Hospital rose from 1,900 in 2004 to more than 11,000 in 2016. Outpatient attendances increased from 43,000 to 175,000; deliveries from 100 to more than 3,000; and the number of major operations from 150 to more than 600.
Expansion of the existing Hospital had its limits. As a response to the clear need for a purpose-built facility, the local Bamyan government allocated 6.4 acres for a new Hospital to be built on the outskirts of town.
Construction began in 2013, led by the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, which specializes in ecologically friendly and seismic-resistant construction. The new facility cost US$ 22.8 million (30.3 million CAD) to build, of which $US 17 million (23 million CAD) was funded by the Government of Canada. Aga Khan Foundation Canada contributed US$ 3.2 million (4.3 million CAD) to the construction, and the Government of France donated US$ 2.3 million (3 million CAD). In October 2016, the Hospital services moved from the old to the new premises.
The new 141-bed, state-of-the-art Hospital is designed to be structurally safe, seismic-resistant and highly energy-efficient. The Hospital’s innovative “rammed earth” construction was designed to be both durable and to blend in with the environment. Rammed earth also provides for better insulation. Over half of the new Hospital’s power is supplied by solar panels located on a hilltop behind the Hospital, on a piece of land donated by the Bamyan government.