About our Community Partner
The Floating Doctors Mission is to reduce the present and future burden of disease in the developing world,and to promote improvements in health care delivery worldwide.
Our Goals Include:
Providing free acute and preventative health care services and delivering donated medical supplies to isolated areas.
Reducing child and maternal mortality through food safety/prenatal education, nutritional counseling and clean water solutions.
Studying and documenting local systems of health care delivery and identifying what progress have been made, what challenges remain, and what solutions exist to improve health care delivery worldwide.
Using the latest communications technologies to bring specialist medical knowledge to the developing world, and to share our experiences with the global community and promote cooperation in resolving world health care issues.
About our Collaboration
Architecture for Humanity San Francisco is responsible for the schematic design and development of a floating clinic. This clinic will be built on a 30' X 40' concrete barge. The main purpose of the barge clinic is to act as a launching point for the many, multiple day medical treks into indigenous communities. These remote communities around the region of Bocas Del Toro, on the Caribbean sea side, would otherwise have no access to advanced medical treatment or services. The barge clinic will also include multiple exam rooms, a pharmacy, technical lab, sleeping quarters for up to 20 volunteers and offices for the clinic manager.
The barge clinic will be towed to four locations around the area, each time being anchored within the mouth of a bay for safe mooring. The local technique for anchorage is to tie the vessel to both sides at the mouth of the bay through the vast network of Mangrove roots, don't worry this does not damage the roots. Throughout the year the vessel will relocate 4 times to these locations, giving each region the required annual treatment period.
The facility itself will be built with local materials utilizing local craftsman and techniques. With an abundance of sustainable hardwood, the interiors will no doubt retain a spectacular finish of the local offering. We currently have three basic schemes developed with the thought and drive of circulation around the small space.