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Reducing Neonatal Mortality Through Design: Mbale Regional Referral Hospital Neonatal Unit


How do you support a population of 4.5 million with limited staff and no reliable sources of electricity and water? This session will present a case study of the Mbale Regional Referral Hospital’s Neonatal Unit. This project was designed to address the challenges of a low resource setting while pursuing the goal of reducing the neonatal mortality rate in that region of Uganda.

In this session, attendees will learn how to apply the principles of restorative design, contextual design, and resilient design to promote community well-being within a low resource setting, with special attention given to the specific needs of neonates.

Learning objectives

  • Understand how Restorative Design can help to affect outcomes such as reducing the neonatal mortality rate in the region. 
  • Understand how Contextual Design addresses the community and culture of a region and helps promote community welfare. 
  • Understand Resilient Design solutions for a low resource setting. 
  • Understand the importance of Regenerative Design and creating replicable solutions which facilitate best practices for the care staff and mothers are providing to neonates. The design strategies are replicable which can then facilitate a more standard, replicable level of care by staff and mothers in the region. 

This session was recorded live on September 20, 2022.

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 $45  non-member
 $30  member
1.00 LU
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  • Amie Akers


    Associate | HKS Inc.

    Amie Akers is an architect and senior medical planner at HKS Inc. with over 7 years of experience...
  • Whitney Fuessel


    Studio Practice Leader, Health Principal | HKS Inc.

    Whitney is a Principal and Health Practice leader in the HKS Houston office with over 25 years of...
  • Yvonne Nagy


    Managing Principal | HDR Inc.

    Yvonne Nagy has more than more than 20 years’ experience delivering healthcare projects for clients...