Jubilee House is a new accommodation building at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara. It will be used to house senior overseas student doctors (and midwifery or nursing students) who are working at the Hospital as part of their training. The house will be able to accommodate up to eight students a time during secondments that last for up to two months.
It was given the name Jubilee House, to acknowledge the Jubilee Year of Queen Elizabeth II, 2012, when the reconstruction project begun.
The building has state-of-the-art solar equipment that means it can meet most of its own electricity needs. Having a modern, comfortable accommodation building in the hospital grounds will be a major incentive for more overseas students to come to Solomon Islands in their senior training years. More overseas students will help to increase medical capacity at the hospital, bringing benefits for patients and staff. It will also increase the number of doctors and medical staff around the world who understand tropical medicine, and who know and care about Solomon Islands.
Jubilee House has been rebuilt as a gesture of goodwill to Solomon Islands by the New Zealand company Timber Construction Solutions (TCS), in association with Tong’s Corp of Solomon Islands and two other New Zealand companies: Weck’s ITM and What Power Crisis Ltd.
The project has been funded by the British High Commission and New Zealand High Commission. Other key donors to the rebuilding of Jubilee House include Soroptimist International Solomon Islands, the Honiara International Tea Group and Solo Enviro Beautification
Betty Wasuka, Press and Public Affairs, Honiara