Doctors of the World Launch Global Clinic
Published 4th October 2018
Update: Urgent Crowdfunder
Doctors of the World is preparing to deploy the first Global Clinic this summer where it will support refugees access mental health care.
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The Global Clinic was launched today at the Wellcome Collection. The Global Clinic is an innovative mobile centre designed by Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners, BuroHappold Engineering and ChapmanBDSP. First in its kind, it demonstrates how architecture can respond to worldwide issues in health.
Today, Doctors of the World operates in over 80 countries. Our medical professionals face a variety of challenges. They work in all corners of the globe, from Palestine to Nepal, in different climates, in emergencies, and in protracted situations. The Global Clinic was designed by asking doctors and healthcare professionals what would work best in the field.
The response was found in a clinic made of plywood and constructed by a CNC (computer numerical control) machine. The Global Clinic can then be easily transported and built, constituting an adaptable and strong structure. Simple and economically built, it upholds the focus on privacy, accessibility, and sustainability.
Ellen Waters, Director of Development at Doctors of the World UK, contributed to its design and ideation. “Refugees fleeing their homes, and survivors of natural disasters will have often suffered severe loss, separation, physical pain and witnessed unimaginable suffering. We love this innovative Global Clinic, which can be quickly deployed anywhere to provide the safe, sanitary and private space in which our doctors can discuss health concerns and, most importantly, give psychosocial support for mental health, exacerbated by the trauma they have experienced.”
The Global Clinic is currently displayed as part of Living with Buildings exhibition at the Wellcome Collection. Living with Buildings examines the positive and negative influences of buildings on health and wellbeing. The Global Clinic will be presented to the public until early March, and will later be sent to one of our teams in the field.
If you would like to visit our Global Clinic, please find further information on the exhibition here.