VIDEO: Student researchers turn shipping containers into solar powered medical clinics


THE NATIONAL HISTORY DAY COMPETITION AND FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION IN A SUBJECT THEY’RE ALL PASSIONATE ABOUT. IN MOBILE, KATARINA LUKETICH, WKRG NEWS 5 TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN SPONSOR THESE STUDENTS, LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON WKRG.COM RESEARCHERS IN ARIZONA HAVE CREATED A WAY TO BRING MEDICAL CARE TO AREAS IN DESPERATE NEED. IT’S A SOLAR POWERED MEDICAL CLINIC INSIDE A SHIPPING CONTAINER. HERE’S NEWS FIVE’S JESSICA TALONEY. HERE LOCALLY, WE’VE SEEN SHIPPING CONTAINERS BE PUT TO GOOD USE— LIKE THE UNIQUE SHOPPING CENTER MADE OF SHIPPING CONTAINERS IN BALDWIN COUNTY. BUT, NOW COLLEGE STUDENTS HAVE FOUND A WAY TO USE SIMILAR CONTAINERS TO POTENTIALLY SAVE LIVES. AT 40 FEET LONG AND 9 AND HALF FEET HIGH – THIS SHIPPING CONTAINER COULD SAVE LIVES AROUND THE WORLD. ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT CODY VAN CLEVE IS PART OF THE TEAM THAT CREATED THIS CONTAINERIZED CLINIC. “This is kind of the triage, flexible workspace area.” THE SELF-CONTAINED, SELF-POWERED MOBILE DOCTOR’S OFFICE IS EQUIPPED TO HANDLE NEARY EVERY KIND OF BASIC OUTPATIENT SERVICE. “This is where there’s room for a patient and a doctor.” IT CAN BE DEPLOYED VIRTUALLY ANYWHERE BY TRUCK, RAIL OR SHIP. “We’re talking about providing medical care in disaster response scenarios, humanitarian situations or military operations where there’s no existing infrastructure. THE U-S OFFICE OF NAVAL RESEARCH SPONSORED THE PROJECT – TASKING STUDENTS WITH FINDING A WAY TO GET MEDICAL CARE TO THE WORLD’S MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE – IN THE MOST REMOTE AREAS. “Human conflicts and climate change are increasing the incidents of displaced people and refugees around the world.” TO ENSURE THE SYSTEM WILL BE SEL- RELIANT IN NEARLY ANY ENVIRONMENT… THE TEAM DESIGNED THE CLINIC TO RUN ENTIRELY ON SOLAR POWER – WITH BATTERIES BUILT IN FOR BACKUP. AN ON BOARD WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM IS CAPABLE OF CLEANING NEARLY 1200 GALLONS AN HOUR. NATS.We’ll be extending a pipe out through the wall for clean water access on the outside. THIS PROTOTYPE WILL FACE ITS FIRST REAL TEST THIS SUMMER – IN A REFUGEE CAMP IN UGANDA – WHERE IT AIMS TO PROVIDE HEALTHCARE TO SOME 12,000 REFUGEES. JESSICA LOOKLIVE TAG: A TEAM FROM ARIZONA STATE PLANS TO TRAVEL TO UGANDA IN AUGUST TO HELP GET THE FIRST CONTAINER CLINIC UP AND RUNNER. FOR WKRG NEWS FIVE, I’M JESSICA TALONEY.

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