A Modular Approach to Fighting Pediatric Cancer

Pediatric cancer has become a devastating public health crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. Today, up to 90% of children diagnosed with cancer in this area of the world die. To combat this tragedy, Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers, Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children’s Hospital, Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation and design partners have launched Global HOPE – an initiative to improve survival rates for children with cancer and blood disorders via new treatment facilities and education.

An initial design solution for Global HOPE focuses on clinic structures on medical campuses across the sub-Sahara region that are a combination of prefabricated modular units and conventional, site-built construction to enhance access and quality of care. The modular units would be factory-manufactured shipping container conversions, including complete exam rooms, a pharmacy, and laboratory. The site-built structures include foundations, ground level concrete floors for waiting and infusion treatment areas, as well as the utility systems, elevated floor decks, corridors, and common areas.

With prototypes designed, Global HOPE is ready for action and plans initial clinics at three locations in Africa. The project will enhance care and allow Texas Children’s to send more physicians and healthcare providers at a given time to provide care and teach local staff. Already, Global HOPE has received Innovation X Design honors from Fast Company.

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