Why are we doing this?
The Sittwe General Hospital (SGH) is the largest healthcare facility in the Rakhine State, Myanmar. Currently at a 200-bed capacity, the hospital is a critical healthcare provider in the region that sees people travelling long distances to access treatment. Yet, this 150-year old facility is struggling with limited resources, poor infrastructure and a legacy of ad hoc developments without a clear road map.
Article 25 is partnering with UNOPS, Clarkebond, Hoare Lea, Michael Hadi Associates and the RGHR to draw up a masterplan for SGH. This masterplan will expand the current facilities to a 500-bed capacity, taking into consideration its environmental context and service requirements.
This project is made possible thanks to our partners from:
The progress so far
Article 25 architects have concluded an initial site visit to SGH to determine the feasibility and details of site expansion. There is much to be done to reinvigorate the site and expand its capacity.
Many of the SGH buildings are not structurally safe, endangering patients and healthcare professionals. Facilities are also dispersed throughout the site, resulting in inefficient practices and lower standards of healthcare provision. One recommendation was therefore to consolidate key services, such as imaging and operation theatres, in a central node that is connected to hospital wards in the periphery.
Accessibility was also identified as a key issue to resolve as none of the buildings are fitted with lifts or ramps. This means that patients have to be carried up physically up and down stairs, pre and post surgery. The lack of lifts was deemed as broadly unacceptable since operating theatres were located on the first floors while wards were situated upstairs.