How do we improve the situations for mothers delivering in environments where the hospital capacity is far under estimated? 




In the main hospital in Balasore, Odisha, India the facility conducts 30 births/day out of which approximately half are cesarean deliveries. After a normal birth the mother stays only 48 hours in the hospital, but after a cesarean section she is supposed to stay for a week. There are beds for only 70 women. The facility has 3 nurses / shift and one cleaner. There are major challenges with hygiene and infection control. 
 
We are trying to find design and architectural solutions that can be produced in a frugal way, but that could benefit also other facilities with similar challenges both in India and elsewhere. New Global researcher Helena Sandman is involved in this project through M4ID.
Pictures Helena Sandman.