Master of Architecture students from the University of Melbourne helped build their own design for a neonatal centre in Papua New Guinea.
In PNG prenatal complications are the leading cause of death, nearly ten times as high as Australia. Since less than half of women have access to health facilities at the time of their child’s birth, this is a significant step toward improved pre-natal care in the region.
The $60,000 initiative is jointly funded by the university’s Bower Studio project and the Australian High Commission Papua New Guinea’s Direct Aid Program. It is uniquely tailored to remote coastal community of Suanum, with clean running water and a compost toilet. The community has no other health facilities within a three hour walking radius, so the centre will greatly improve the health and wellbeing of the newborns in the community.
Previously, the University’s Bower Studio project has worked with remote communities in Australia and Thailand, and is committed to improving community environments and health and educational outcomes.
Thanks, University of Melbourne, for the great work that you do in remote communities internationally and for keeping it clever.
[img source] The University of Melbourne & Bower Studio
[original article] from the University of Melbourne Newsroom