New Open Air clinics in Haiti designed to tackle diseases such as Ebola

One possible good thing to come out of the 2010 earthquake devastation is that Haiti has become the inspiration for a great many ideas to make people's lives safer and less susceptible to natural disasters. The latest concept to be dreamed up for and tested in Haiti is that of open-air clinics.

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Taking advantage of the tropical climate, two beautiful clinics, left largely open to the elements to capitalize on the free flow of Caribbean air, are soon to be opened up to the public. While the virility of the design has yet to be tested, the idea seems a sound one that should yield favorable results.

The hope is to make certain diseases, like two which are familiar to Haiti, tuberculosis and cholera, less communicable and thus more manageable. The idea was inspired out of the struggles witnessed in Ebola-hit countries where the airtight design of hospitals made the disease even more deadly. The brain-child of a Boston-based firm called MASS Design Group, the clinics were made using local materials that proved cheaper to build with. The success of the design, if it follows closely with that the young firm achieved on a recent hospital they built in Rwanda, could usher in a new design wave for hospitals all across the hemisphere.

One of the new clinics is to replace the former center for tuberculosis treatment, which had been felled in the 2010 earthquake. It has the capacity for 35 patients and looks rather like a wellness spa. The other clinic, with much the same beauty of design and reliance on natural vegetation and weather, is designed for the treatment of cholera.

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