Kibuye Case Study
…a teaching hospital in remote, underdeveloped Sub-Saharan African country needed internet connectivity
Our goal was to set up a network for the campus and distribute internet connectivity across the
rest of the campus and into the Doctors' homes.
The US doctors are making multi-year commitments to growing the hospital which comes with a lot of personal sacrifice. They are thousands of miles away from friends and family for long periods in a poor, remote country where not many citizens speak English and it is difficult to keep in touch. They need to stay connected personally and professionally, to share pictures of their growing kids and their lives in Africa with parents, grandparents and family in the U.S., and to keep in touch with their donors ensuring those connections stay strong and relevant.
There were many obstacles to getting the campus online, almost everything is scarce and or
unreliable; the power is unstable and intermittent, there is no cell coverage nor are there any
reliable data networks. There is no networking equipment available and the campus staff did not
have the knowledgeable or experience to be able to set up and maintain a network.
The Moxie Group technicians analyzed the need and created a network plan, taking into consideration the terrain, the distance between the buildings, the amount of data load the network would need to handle and the best way to construct a network given scarce items and the difficulty to obtain replacement items for maintenance. We bought the networking equipment, configured and staged the network and tested it at our offices. We had an engineer, the architect of the network plan fly to Burundi with the equipment and instal the network. Given the conditions, there was some creativity needed in the install. A tree and a water tower stood in as towers for the transmitters.
Burundi is in the top 5 poorest countries on the planet and their stats are astoundingly bad, they have the world's highest hunger levels, worse than Sudan, Chad and Ethiopia, they have the 10th lowest life expectancy at just under 54 years, they have rapid population growth and high rates of malaria. It's a mostly landlocked mountainous country in Central Africa. It borders Rwanda and Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo and is struggling to survive after decades of civil war and ethnic cleansing.