The new GHESKIO Tuberculosis Hospital designed by MASS Design
Group broke ground in the summer of 2012 and will replace the previously
destroyed MDR-TB facility at Signeau. This state-of-the-art facility will provide
tuberculosis patients, who are dispersed without medication and still being
housed in temporary tents, an effective and dignified place to stay for the
duration of their long-term treatment. Simple but effective methods of passive
ventilation and infection control will be used to reduce in-hospital
transmission of TB in this high-risk population.
The GHESKIO Tuberculosis Hospital demonstrates MASS’s focus on embedding social, economic, and environmental value within local communities through a holistic approach to development. The new hospital will accommodate 32 patient isolation suites, exam and x-ray rooms, offices, nurse stations and two pharmacies, and will feature appropriate technologies that will decrease operating costs, increase sustainability, and offset long-term environmental impacts. Sustainable materials such as compressed earth blocks will be fabricated on-site by workers from the area, providing the community with marketable skills and cutting down on shipping costs.