While a trip to the doctors is an easy undertaking for people in the developed world, the task of accessing medical facilities in less-wealthy countries is far more difficult. A lack of transport infrastructure, ineffective medial systems and low incomes all contribute to this state of affairs, yet there’s a solution that could hold hope for the billions of people for whom healthcare isn’t a given: storage containers.
Container clinics are cropping up all over the world as a solution to humanitarian crises and they could also be a solution to home-grown medical woes.
In undeveloped areas
Across the world today, containers are helping to take the strain off of local medical centres and, in many cases, are drastically improving the healthcare provision of poorer nations affected by pandemics, natural disasters and refugee crises.
Organisations such as Clinic in a Can and Building Trust International are leading the way in providing healthcare to those without it. Both are producing containers that are pre-assembled and outfitted with medical technology before being sent on the back of a flatbed truck to those in need of medical assistance.
When they arrive at the area – Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Haiti, Kenya, South Sudan and the Philippines have all been recipients – they are placed on foundations and a surrounding structure including seats, and awnings and drainage are quickly assembled by local workers. All power required by the efficient structures is generated by solar panels, creating a truly self-sufficient clinic that can continue providing treatment without the need for constant assistance from the manufacturer.
In developed countries
The use of containers doesn’t just offer life-saving solutions for the planet’s neediest, though. Proving a wonderful one-size-fits-all approach to medicine, the technology can be quickly and easily used in the developed world too.
Containers are very cheap to hire or purchase, and thanks to the speed they can be delivered, increased patient demand and storage needs can be addressed within quick time periods.
Such a humble solution might not be the flashiest, but in terms of utility, containers are a pared-down answer to the ever-changing requirements of both developed and developing healthcare systems.