England-based nonprofit organisation, Building Trust International, is here to bring healthcare to Cambodia, or in particular, Siem Reap. With a commitment to bring portable structures to tackle global issues like healthcare, the organisation’s leverage on online crowd-funding practices sees their most recent venture in the Angkor Wat city. The Moved to Care design challenge directs the crowd’s attention to its digital array of prefabricated mobile clinics, with an ultimate aim is to inspire international leaders to view these clinics as an accessible way to introduce proper healthcare for rural countries.
As we have once explored in our search for Cambodia’s healthcare crowdfunding platforms, Moved to Care takes it up a notch by actually providing adaptable construction to suit the country’s medical demands. Starting out as a solution for a new medical dispensary for the rapidly growing diabetic population, the project now sees in-depth proposals dealing with the clinic’s sensitivity to tropical surroundings, sustainability and space. The project primarily requires the designers to create a clean, sterile environment for small surgical procedures; a temperature-controlled space for storing medicinal drugs; and basic wash, toilet, and kitchen facilities.
Merging design and technology into one, one of the teams from the United States (US) took home top honours for their latest design, which saw the clinic’s live expansion from 538 square feet to 1,614 square feet when side decks are deployed. The team includes designer Patrick Morgan, healthcare player Simon Morgan, and design architect Jhanéa Williams. While the clinic itself has to be low-tech to counter the rural environment that calls for the clinic’s presence, the team has definitely rendered their options when conceptualising the design aspects to suit the medical technology behind.
Innovation came in the form of colours, and the suitability of the clinic’s space when dealing with medical technology helped them secure the honour. In the jury’s remarks, they were very impressed with the high level of detail paid to the facility of not only providing healthcare but also education to the local community. “Don’t shut the door to the community,” Simon said, “By building a facility that invites local participation and encourages the community to utilise the services and educational opportunities provided, we’re able to reach a much broader audience.”
Healthcare projects definitely have the potential to scale globally, but primary funding will always be an issue. “As with all humanitarian aid projects, funding is an issue,” said David Cole, Building Trust International’s director and co-founder, “However, through showing that long-lasting sustainable solutions can only be achieved with the mobile healthcare units, we hope the impact of the project will be as far-reaching as it should be.”