The WHO has already started the tendering procedure for a project manager and a design consultant for the hospital, which will be the largest in the region. A final shortlist of six companies has been drawn up for the role of project manager and the contract is scheduled to be awarded by the end of May, a WHO official says (MEED 15:2:02).

Some 60 companies have submitted initial applications for the post of design consultant. These will be reduced to a restricted list, and an award will be made in two-three months. The building contractor will not be selected until the project management and design awards have been made. ‘Ideally, construction work will start on the hospital next spring,’ the official says.