Ghana Rural Integrated Development (GRID)
eMiC Project 10046
May 15th to 26th, 2014
June 1014: Design underway
Kevin Wiens - eMiC team leader
Nathan Tripp - eMiC intern
Herman Wong - eMiC intern
Frank Gorman - architect
Alice Findler - architect
Leighton Ginther - planner
Kris Nelson - planner
Mira Young - landscape architect
Nick Murdock - civil engineer
Randy Runzer - civil engineer
Nana Agyeman-Badu - civil engineer
Nazli Azimikor - structural engineer
Sam Luinstra - mechanical engineer
Bruce Young - physicist
Phil Nettleton - civil intern
Bright Kofi - surveyor
Media & Ministry Reports
Engineering skills help build hospital in small Ghana village
The Daily Courier (June 30, 2014)
UBC civil engineering students help design a world of hope
UBC Applied Science News (June 18, 2014)
Original Project Scope
In the 1970s, a group of Christian Ghanaian high school students banded together with a vision of improving the quality of life for Northern Ghanaians through whatever skills they could acquire. Years later, their dream came true when they formed the Northern Empowerment Association (NEA) and, as qualified professionals, started using their training for the betterment of their communities. In the 1980s, a group of Canadians caught the vision of this inspiring group and formed Ghana Rural Integrated Development (GRID) in support of it.
The Carpenter Hospital will be the culmination of years of work at improving health in this rural area of Northern Ghana. GRID & NEA started by addressing the food supply needs of the poor, then constructed local clinics to attend to basic needs. Currently, Canadian medical teams are deployed annually to treat ten thousand patients during their two week visits and to help provide training to local practitioners. The next and ultimate step will be to provide a hospital capable of handling, on a continuous and self-sustaining basis, those needs that require hospitalization and access to fully trained medical personal.
The Carpenter Hospital will serve the needs of a population of several hundred thousand people scattered over 50 villages and towns and in the surrounding countryside. The approximately 50-bed hospital will provide the services of both local and foreign specialists and will be designed with a view to expand in the future.
Will you use your training to help design this hospital which hopes to become a centre of excellence and model in the country while serving the physical, social and spiritual needs of their community?
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