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Sustainability, Health Care and Design in Bolivia

LOCATION: La Paz, Bolivia
STATUS: Completed. Phase II is being developed
ENTRY POINT: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Care Clinic Infrastructure
FACTORS: Building Performance/Energy Use and Costs, Local Sourcing,  User Experience (Thermal Comfort, Clinic Staff Stressors, Clinic Flow), Quality of Care (Infection Prevention, Patient Satisfaction), Access to Care for Rural Populations
TOOLS: Needs Assessment/Recommendations report

Public health clinic infrastructure (and its environmental sustainability in the face if climate change) is critical element of ensuring access to care and advancing outcomes, especially for low-resource settings where privatized health services are cost-prohibitive.  We conducted an assessment, together with design partner Public Architecture, to advance the environmental sustainability of nation-wide clinic infrastructure for CIES (a Bolivia-based health care service provider that provides over 30% of health services, focused on access to services for the most under-served, across Bolivia).

Key questions:

What are design opportunities for strengthening the environmental sustainability of clinic infrastructure?

How can organizational performance, including access to care, be strengthened through assessing opportunities of the built environment?

PARTNERS 
International Planned Parenthood/Boliva (CIES),
Public Architecture
Pro-Bono team of relevant architects and designers