Existing hospitals in South Sudan often lack the facilities needed for basic and more advanced healthcare. As a result or armed conflict in 2013, a PoC (Protection of Civilians) camp was established in Bentiu, northern state of Unity in South Sudan. MSF is running a hospital facility at the PoC camp to release pressure on the governmental hospital and have been applying upgrades to the hospital structures over the years to gradually increase the quality of healthcare.
After the first phase of relief, the basics of the hospital were realized with the available multi-purpose tents. To improve the quality and hygiene levels a solution was found in the modular tent system of WRG. This system allowed MSF to initially establish a fast and flexible solution with upgrade options for the long term.
Over the years, WRG delivered fully prefabricated high quality structures and upgrade packages. To enhance self-construction, training and manuals were provided. In addition, remote engineering support was given in case of unforeseen challenges.
The hospital structures were improved via multiple stages. In the first stage temporary ward structures were constructed, consisting of lightweight modular aluminium frames with PVC covers. In between of the wards, that are set up in two parallel rows, a narrow corridor was established made out of locally available products. The wards were upgraded, in the second stage, into semi-permanent structures by replacing the PVC covers with modular insulated wall infill and roofing. A new corridor with concrete flooring was constructed and the replaced roofing sheets of the wards were fully reused in the roofs of the corridor.