Clarkebond supports United Nations on Myanmar critical healthcare project

An 8-year masterplan for a $75m project to expand and substantially upgrade the Sittwe General Hospital in Myanmar has been submitted to the United Nations.

As part of an international team of consultants, Clarkebond has been involved in the development of the masterplan for the Sittwe General Hospital (SGH), the largest healthcare facility in the Rakhine State, Myanmar. Currently with a 350-bed capacity, the hospital is a critical healthcare provider in the region that sees people travelling long distances to access treatment. Yet, this struggling facility has limited resources, poor infrastructure and a legacy of ad hoc developments without a clear road map.

Clarkebond personnel visiting the facility saw for themselves the challenging conditions in which healthcare professionals were striving to provide good patient care.

Poor structural condition of buildings with inadequate facilities, very basic utilities, poor hygiene and laundry facilities, some buildings not fit-for-purpose, no hot water provision, inadequate radiation protection, inadequate patient privacy, no ramps or lifts, poor waste management, poor fire safety provision, unreliable power supply, were all evident. 

Even where building of a new ward was underway, a recommendation has been made for construction to be halted as the build design and quality is so poor it will require structural retro-fitting, improved layout, ventilation and fire safety measures.  Only one of the 50 hospital buildings assessed by engineers was considered to be structurally safe – the rest range from moderate to very high risk.

All in all, a massive challenge which the SGH masterplan seeks to address.

Clarkebond has provided civil engineering advice on the surface water and waste water strategy for the masterplan which will be critical in ensuring a sustainable, sanitary infrastructure to underpin the future development of the hospital’s facilities.

The $75m masterplan will be delivered over 8 years in 4 phases depending on funding.  This masterplan covers every aspect of the transformation from the current hospital into an efficient, effective, high quality 500-bed capacity healthcare facility comparable to any such facility in the developed world.

The first contract, for staff accommodation, has been put out to tender following a pledge of the first tranche of funding.

Sittwe masterplan team:

UNOPS (United Nations Office for Project Services)
Article 25 – Architects and Masterplanners
Clarkebond – Civil and drainage engineering
Hoare Lea – Building Services
Michael Hadi Associates – Structural Engineers
RGHR (Rangoon General Hospital Reinvigoration Charitable Trust),  

More information on this project can be found here.