In Agok, South Sudan, a PoC (Protection of Civilians) camp was established where MSF facilitates healthcare for refugees and people from surrounding villages and serving as the only referral facility in the region. In order to do so they were looking for an appropriate (semi-)permanent solution to establish new buildings as well as to upgrade existing local structures.
Complete healthcare facility
The hospital needed to provide a fully functioning inpatient department, malnutrition program, emergency surgery, infectious diseases department, maternity and antenatal care, neonatal unit, and even community outreach and chronic disease care.
Based on the initial plans of MSF, WRG provided engineering and planning assistance to the MSF coordinators. In close cooperation, detailed buildings plans were developed based on the semi-permanent modular shelter system of WRG. Specific requests, such as building extensions perpendicular to the main structure, were engineered for this purpose and ultimately adopted as a standard system feature.
Smooth building process
In Agok, site planning and preparation proved to be of very high quality and also the building crew was well informed and trained. The prefabricated building components were shipped in 40ft containers following a very organized packing procedure and labelling of components. This resulted not only in a very smooth building process, but also in a hospital compound of very high quality that has the features to last for years. All buildings are composed with insulated modular roofing and wall panels. Elevated and insulated flooring has been applied and finished according to the highest hygienic standards of MSF. All buildings have been applied with adequate electrical facilities, water supply and drainage.
“This resulted not only in a very smooth building process, but also in a hospital compound of very high quality that has the features to last for years”
The hospital today
The Agok camp, including the emergency hospital and structures from WRG, are still in operation to date. The camp is still facing challenges with the recent outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, wounded patients from snakebite attacks and various tribe clashes. We are pleased that with the great effort of MSF, our structures still provide a major continuous relief to Agok and surrounding territories.