Architecture Sans Frontieres Belgium (ASF-be) has designed a surgical unit and pharmacy in the town of Beni, eastern DR Congo. Titled UNICHIR, the project is a novel model to improve health care in developing countries. The organization puts forward a sustainable and inclusive model, by pairing social action and entrepreneurship.
UNICHIR combines a surgical unit with a pharmacy, distribution and training centres. The new medical complex will reach out to more than a million people in Congo’s northern Kivu province, currently without any access to medical or surgical care.
The 2 400 sqm building will house a high-level surgical centre with three operating rooms, rooms for 25 patients, classrooms, a pharmacy and a distribution centre for pharmaceutical products. The scheme is organized around a central patio garden, offering intimacy and quietude to recovering patients. The building is designed with high-quality local materials, such as bamboo, wood and locally sourced stone.
In collaboration with Beni-based architect Leonard Maliona, the team has launched a crowdfunding campaign to collect additional funding for the start-up phase of the project, expecting the construction to start the first half of 2019.
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