Mobile AIDS Clinic Receives Global Response

November 22, 2002 · by Lisa Ashmore

More than 400 teams have responded to Architecture for Humanity’s initiative to design a Mobile HIV/AIDS Health Clinic for Africa to respond to the pandemic devastating the continent.

More than 400 teams have responded to Architecture for Humanity’s initiative to design a Mobile HIV/AIDS Health Clinic for Africa to respond to the pandemic devastating the continent. Designers were given six months to design a fully equipped, mobile medical unit and HIV/AIDS treatment center. In addition to testing, prevention and treatment, this easily transportable unit will disseminate information regarding the virus and provide basic healthcare.

Finalists will be announced in New York on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1. Since announced, 463 teams representing 47 nations have produced highly innovative and cost-efficient schemes. Entrants included teams from Australia, Botswana, China, Denmark, India, Japan, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Criteria were developed with advice from a team of more than 100 medical professionals from the U.S. and seven African countries.

On Nov. 22- 23 a seven-person panel comprised of internationally renowned architects and HIV/AIDS professionals met in New York to jury the entries. The panelists include: Toshiko Mori, Chair of the Department of Architecture, Harvard Graduate Design School;Dr. Reuben Mutiso PhD, architect and principal of Tectura International in Nairobi, Kenya; Rick Joy, architect and principal of Rick Joy Architects; Jennifer Siegal, architect and principal of Office of Mobile Design; Kate Bourne, Executive Vice President of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI); Dr. Peter R. Lamptey M.D., President of the AIDS Institute, Family Health International; and Dr. Shaffiq Essajee, Director of the AIDS Research and Family Care Clinic in Mombasa, Kenya. The jury will select first, second, and third placed entries along with the best student entry and ten honorable mentions.

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