Originally constructed during the colonial rule of the British in 1909, The Yangon General Hospital is the largest Public Hospital in Myanmar, and is responsible for training approximately one third of Myanmar’s medical workforce. Over the years, unplanned growth has left the hospital in a state of disorganisation. A lack of strategic planning has meant that there are problems with a number of vital functions of the hospital, such as water management and patient access to A&E.
Article 25 have taken on the task of reinvigorating the Yangon Hospital by providing a masterplan that will help to achieve a sustainable expansion of the campus that takes into account the building’s heritage as well as providing adequate space for patients and staff.
This masterplan will guide the Yangon General Hospital into a future as the central institution of the Myanmar healthcare system.
Current Update: December 2017
Following the successful delivery of the Yangon General Hospital Masterplan at the beginning of 2017, Article 25 is now working alongside the hospital to begin the implementation process. This work is initiated by the Rangoon General Hospital Reinvigoration Trust under the request of the Ministry of Health, with international experts funded by UKAid.
The Masterplan sets out the proposals to develop the hospital over an estimated 20 years, divided into 4 phases. The work we are currently undertaking is the first year of Phase 1 (itself 4 years in total). Our remit as a team of international design consultants is to provide assessment and strategic design for a few key areas of work with the broad aim over this period of ‘making the campus safe’. The international experts will then work alongside local designers and contractors in order to provide capacity building and to support implementation.
The team includes structural engineers (Michael Hadi Associates), Approved Inspectors (Quadrant), services engineers (Max Fordham LLP), hospital engineering and fire safety (Hoare Lea), as well as healthcare architects and space planners.
The work focuses on four key buildings which have been identified as essential in providing services, both to the hospital and the city at large, in the event of a disaster.
In September the team presented to the hospital their initial findings on the safety issues and are now producing strategic design solutions.
Josine Lambert (Article 25), Andy Brennan (Radiation Protection Advisor, NHS), Mr Kyaw Lwin (Yangon)
Structural engineer Christian Knight (Michael Hadi Associates) getting a lift to work.
Jasper Rea (Max Fordham LLP) presenting findings on drainage in September.
Working with: Rangoon General Hospital LTD.
Location: Yangon, Myanmar
Expected Completion: To be confirmed
Annual number of lives affected: 2,500+