ver the past 10 years, there have been 17 major natural disasters
around the world. As a result of these natural disasters, 800,000 people lost their lives
and another 3 million people were displaced
The magnitude of lives lost is overwhelming, though the true humanitarian emergency is meeting the needs of those millions left alive in the aftermath of the disaster.
What is immediately needed after these disasters are portable, secure, medical facilities that can be deployed rapidly to meet both the short and medium term medical needs of the survivors until more permanent medical facilities can be rebuilt. Since the survivors’ health risks increase over time due to the lack of basic medical attention, what they need the most are primary medical care centers.
What is immediately needed after these disasters are practical, secure medical facilities that can be deployed rapidly.
any non-government organizations, churches, businesses and individuals see the dire health conditions
in developing countries around the world and desire to help by building hospitals or clinics. Unfortunately, most do not realize the unimaginable and often unexpected costs and difficulties
of taking on projects in the developing world.
Building a hospital is quite an undertaking. It involves a lot of time, fundraising and wading through bureaucratic red tape, in addition to the ongoing costs of equipping, operating and maintaining the hospital. Here is just one example of a project that was started with good intentions, but has since stopped because of difficulties.
most do not realize the unimaginable and often unexpected costs…
ver the past nine years, Hospitals of Hope has developed an economical solution
– a self-contained clinic built out of a forty-foot shipping container called Clinic In A Can
. Each Clinic In A Can is customizable
to meet the needs of the end user.
The standard design is two medical exam rooms, a laboratory and mechanical room, though containers with both radiological and surgical capabilities are also available. Once deployed, a CIC can be up and running within hours, providing essential medical care services.
These Clinic In A Cans provide non-government organizations, churches, mining companies, and other organizations a practical way to avoid many of the pitfalls involved in building in other countries, a way to make sure projects are actually completed, and, most importantly, a way to bring the medical help that they desire to give to those who need it the most.