The PAX Clinic in Kananga, DR Congo was an outpatient clinic previously functioning under the most rudimentary conditions. Operating out of a 1960’s retail building, there was no running water or adequate waste water treatment, and electricity from the commercial grid only worked 10% of the time.
We worked with the local citizens to create a sterile and suitable medical facility. Broken into three phases, the project included the construction of a blood and fluids lab, dental clinic and women’s health clinic. Throughout the entire process, the design, construction, demolition and fundraising took place simultaneously.
We were able to incorporate the opinions of Kananga patients, lab technicians and doctors, as well as use custom shelving and finishes from local woodworkers. Because of missing or unreliable basic utilities, we also guided the planning and design of photovoltaic and back-up power systems as well as critical WATSAN (water/sanitation) issues.