A collaboration between HKS Architects and a list of architecture, design and construction industry leaders has led to the construction of the innovative and self-sustaining Kachumbala Maternity unit.
HKS Architects came up with the idea and partnered with Engineers for Overseas Development (EFOD), a Wales-based non-profit, and Cyfle Building Skills, an organization that trains young apprentices in the building trades with the hope to improve Kachumbala’s health care facilities.
Kachumbala, located in Uganda’s Bukedea rural District, is home to just under 200, 000 people and is one of the country’s most impoverished regions where the only existing maternity unit was a two-room 1950s-era facility that lacked space and resources.
After officially opening in 2017, the new Kachumbala maternity centre can now accommodate up to six births daily. What makes it self-sufficient is the buildings solar electrical supply as the local grid is not reliable and grey water system because there is no city plumbing. HKS architects only used local materials on the building, and constructed the building with methods that didn’t require electricity.
The facility features:
Two birthing suites
Pre- and post-natal wards
Separate malarial ward
Passive natural ventilation design
Rain/greywater recycling system
Solar powered 12v power system
Handmade interlocking soil-stabilized bricks (ISSB)
Take a look at a short video about the Kachumbala Maternity Unit below.
Images: HKS Architects; Facebook