Asuoso Hospital, Ghana
Our rural hospital project in Ghana has commenced construction! See our updated pics.
Our involvement in the project has been to design the buildings and layout following a site visit and much discussion and input with the key stakeholders.
Marian Remmersaal is a Dutch nurse who has been visiting Ghana regularly for extended periods since the early 1980's. Over the years she got more and more involved with the local communities and, together with Lawrence Bempona, has instigated and helped fund the construction of a kindergarten, a communal library, a disabled persons sewing centre, a carpentry workshop, a school with boarding facilities and the exisiting St Theresa's Clinic.
The existing clinic is organised in three main buildings offering medical care and services that include a general eye clinic for vision testing, cataract treatment and surgery, an out-patient department (OPD) with a pathology section and dispensary and a small maternity unit run by a local midwife. The existing buildings are small houses which have been adapted to suit the clinic functions and are powered by a diesel generator. The only patient amenities are two pit latrines and an un-roofed bathroom with no plumbing.
Currently the facility assists up to 60 patients a day.
Marian has now initiated the development and construction of a new hospital that will offer a wider range of services and care to a larger number of people. A parcel of land between Asuoso and Akroso has already been allocated and purchased for the scope.
In August 2012, Lara Calder, along with Amanda Lead - an architect from South Africa - visited Ghana to meet Marian and see the site. Our involvement as Calder Flower Architects is to help design the new hospital.
The accommodation brief was to include: