Square Footage: 3,000
Actual Cost: $160,000
Completion Date: 2017

Kachumbala is in an impoverished region with limited access to health care and a high infant and maternal mortality rate. Partnering with Engineers for Overseas Development (EFOD), a Wales-based non-profit organization that trains young construction professionals, and Cyfle Building Skills, which trains young apprentices in the building trades, HKS designed (pro-bono, through its public interest design initiative, Citizen HKS) a sustainable, passive (there is no running water or reliable source of electricity) maternity unit. The new building houses 2 new delivery suites and a 7-bed postnatal ward to accommodate a minimum of 6 births per day, with the flexibility to support future expansion. The new maternity facility replaces the existing 2-room, 1950s-era pre- and post-natal unit, which was unable to accommodate 4 out of every 10 women who travel, often long distances on a motorcycle taxi. The design was evaluated with the assistance of UK-based health professionals, who are also providing midwife training and other support for local health care providers.