A group of Texas A&M University architecture students has come up with a potential solution to the scarcity of treatment centers in West Africa: portable treatment centers that can fit inside a shipping container.
Fast Company points out that the Ebola virus has taken over 3,400 lives and also placed a tremendous strain on health care infrastructure in places like West Africa. Since more medical resources there must be used for Ebola patients, other patients have less access to healthcare.
"When we first started the project, we were joking about making prototypes," Celso Rojas, an architecture student working on the portable treatment centers, told Fast Company. "A few days ago, we hear the virus made it to Dallas, and it made the joke more serious. Worst case scenario, you could throw these up quickly in the parking lot of a Walmart and there's your containment unit."
Celso adds that the treatment centers would be easy to transport and set up: "A lot of our designs did include sourcing water and power. We [would send] tools, everything they needed to build the facilities that we're designing."
The design is being presented to Congress members for consideration.