Located in one of the most remote corners of Africa, on the Zambian border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola, the Sachibondu Rural Health Centre is the only healthcare provision for tens of thousands of isolated people with many having to walk days to reach this much needed source of help.
The current Health Centre serves an immediate (those who can reach the centre on the same day as leaving their home) catchment area of around 10,000 people. Beyond that, the wider catchment area is difficult to estimate due to the extremely remote location. In many cases patients have been reported to walk or travel up to ten days from their home in order to reach the Centre. It is anticipated that this catchment area could number well in excess of 30,000 people.
The original facilities at the Sachibondu Rural Health Centre were of poor quality and limited space, meaning that the Centre struggled to cope with the increasing numbers of patients arriving each day
With a history spanning more than five decades, development and growth of the centre has always been dictated by urgent need, with little or no design input.
In remote areas such as this, resources are scarce and buildings are typically inadequately ventilated and suffer from low light levels, even during the middle of the day. These environments can perpetuate the spread of infection and disease, but there are ways that we can change this.
We believe that by delivering spaces which are well lit, effectively ventilated, comfortable to be in and are based on an understanding of local healthcare practices, we can help improve the health and well-being of patients and staff beyond the building.
We have developed a masterplan and development strategy for the Centre, incorporating patient wards, clinical and diagnostic testing facilities, a specialist infectious diseases unit, operating theatre, staff housing and a maternity waiting home.
The new Sachibondu Hospital will not only provide better healthcare for the community, but also aims to inspire through an innovative type of architecture and empower through the process of design and construction.
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