FROM THE ARCHITECTS:
The design for the first of these facilities takes inspiration from the stand of banana plants adjoining the Soft Power Health Clinic in Kyabirwa, Uganda. The solar panels collect sun and provide shade, much like the surrounding banana plants. The solar array shelters and powers the simple modular brick facility beneath. The building is composed of three functional elements: a reception pavilion and a courtyard waiting area for patients’ families, an intermediate pavilion for pre-op and post-op activities, and a sterile pavilion with two operating rooms and related support spaces. The facility will provide access to surgical treatments not available to this community before, as well as training for nurses and surgeons on quality surgical care. The medical staff will also be supported by telemedicine links to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, with real-time operating room video conferencing.