Sustainable Hospital: the Future Medical Facility in Developing Countries

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Sustainable Hospital Design

Although everyday problems seem to be a constant reminder of the perils of life, little more can be as traumatizing as not having a hospital facility to go to when one encounters a severe injury or illness.  

Last year, a collaboration was initiated by Milli Smith, founder of The Scarlet Heart Foundation, Inc. and an evangelist for advanced development in Haiti and Africa, to improve the availability of medical services and facilities to those currently without access.

She sought to create momentum for a vision she had for a hospital design that would be portable, practical, and affordable for building in developing countries.    

Part of that vision was realized when Milli commissioned Ronald Omyonga, a Kenyan Architect to develop the architectural designs.  Ronald, a world class architect, known for his innovative sustainable architecture has undertaken the hospital project, and he looks forward to one of the first hospitals to be in his home country of Kenya.

Building with SIP Panels

To ensure the design met building sustainable objectives, Ronald incorporated advanced building materials supplied by IADDIC Shelters as an essential building material.  Ronald says, “the SIP Panels provided by IADDIC Shelters facilitates design flexibility, energy efficiency, and rapid construction.”

Richard Grabowski, CEO of IADDIC Shelters adds that SIP panels (structural insulated panels) make construction both affordable and speedy.  The innovative use of the SIP panels in the hospital design enables a flexible layout for a broad range of hospital settings.

These advances make it possible to provide low-cost, high-quality health care facilities in hard to access regions in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria,  Haiti, and others developing countries.  The modular design also ensures the hospitals are adaptable to many locations.  

The hospital plan also includes best practice in healthcare facility design across the globe with particular reference to the developing world.  For example, the design includes electrical generation plants to ensure core functions remain available during blackouts and makes excess power available to the surrounding community.

Of particular importance is the inclusion of medical technologies to advance women’s healthcare including maternity wards, imaging labs, pharmacies and operating rooms.

Hospital settings are always subject to the occurrence of violence and crime due in part to their typical maze-like and unpredictable environment. The hospital designs by Ronald pay particular attention to physical space utilization; creating open spaces, limiting congestion, and controlling movements of patients and staff to enhance security for all segments of their population with a significant focus on women, children, and elderly people.  

Hospital developments are a large undertaking and include many ancillary buildings and require the collaboration of local stakeholders and participation of indigenous communities.  It is Milli’s vision to see the affordable hospitals built in developing locations and see to it that the health of underserved peoples is improved.

For overall project information, please contact Milli Smith

For architectural design information, please contact Ronald Omyonga

For advanced building material information, please contact Richard Grabowski