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Temporary Permanence: Distributed skin and frame structures for Ebola treatment

Never before have we seen so much money being sent to west Africa, and it would be a shame to see all of this money being spent on only immediate issues and not address the future healthcare infrastructure of the affected countries. Ebola is a problem that needs to be addressed immediately, however we feel there is room for the designs of the structures being deployed to be permanent units to promote the future healthcare system of the country. Team Members: Daniel Thompson Habiba Sugich Allison Tramba Will Urmston Justin Seow This concept was produced as part of the Fighting Ebola with Design charrette hosted by MASS Design Group in collaboration with the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) on November 8th 2014.

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Ebola is a problem that needs to be addressed immediately, however we feel there is room for the designs of the structures being deployed to be permanent units to promote the future healthcare system of the country.
Ebola Care Center
 
The Ebola treatment system needs to be revised in a way that allows for a higher distribution of smaller care centers with strict infection control,
adequate supplies, trained staff, regular supervision, the ability to diagnose and transfer patients to ETU’s, and proper burial methods. These care centers must address the separation between ETU’s (the rural context), support local infrastructure by constructing for future permanence, and create a system of patient distribution between operating ETU’s. Distribution of care units, permanace of the structures built, and greater patient referal and distribution. Anyone who is in the affected regions of west Africa that does not have access to an ETU or any other health care. The redesigned community care centers will address the area between ETU’s and thus create an improved network of distributing patients. Both governmental organizations and non-government associtations with assistance from the Ministry of Health from the country. This way we can address the regions with greater need and quickly deploy the structures.
 
After drawing, making models, and testing the idea in 3D modeling programs, the stucture must be constructed at full scale to assess its feasability. It must also be reviewed by an engineer to see if it’ll actually be able to become a permanent structure and withstand the conditions and loads it will face. The skin and frame structure must also be assesed for its ability to be disinfected once the Ebola epidemic is over.
 
7. What is the opportunity or potential impact that your idea aims to bring.
Never before have we seen so much money being sent to west Africa, and it would be a shame to see all of this money being spent on only immediate issues and not address the future healthcare infrastructure of the affected countries. Ebola is a problem that needs to be addressed immediately, however we feel there is room for the designs of the structures being deployed to be permanent units to promote the future healthcare system of the country.
 
We have gone with the assumption that healthcare workers, ambulances, and building crews are available. We have also gone with the assumption that these will all be placed in a rural context, seeing that there don’t seem to be many cities between the existing ETU’s.

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