Competition: Design For The Children, a pediatric clinic model for East Africa Print
Friday, 19 September 2008 02:32

Deadline for registration: October 15th, 2008
Deadline for Submission: January 15th, 2009

Design For The Children is an open, international design competition asking architects and designers from around the world to develop a sustainable, culturally responsive, pediatric clinic model for East Africa.

africa today:
Women and children walk an average of 6 miles a day to collect water. 1 child dies every 15 seconds due to the lack of clean drinking water.
More than 10 million children die every year from preventable illnesses. 270 million children have no access to public health services.
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design intent:
Each year, thousands of children die in Africa of preventable and treatable diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV. New mothers often lack the care needed for their health and those of their newborn children. Design for the Children is an international design competition hoping to improve the health of mothers and children through the construction of non-profit clinics. Design for the Children is a collaboration of Fight for the Children, Architecture for Humanity: Seattle, and American Institute of Architects: Seattle. The competition challenges participants of all age and skill levels from around the globe to develop a model for a pediatric clinic that can be modified to fit different sites in East Africa.

operation of the clinic:
Fight for the Children staff will work with local residents at the proposed site in East Africa to build the clinic based on the winning design, using local materials and building techniques. Fight for the Children staff will train and work with local doctors and nurses, who will in turn train other area residents. Once the clinic has a strong foundation, the clinic will be turned over to local staff to be run independently of Fight for the Children, but with additional support as needed. This allows the clinic to be self-sufficient, rather than dependent on a foreign organization.

More info at the competition web site


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