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Smarter hospitals in South Africa

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Being involved for years in many projects in a number of locations, you develop a holistic view about the uniqueness of each place. This was especially true for our colleagues at hospitals in Africa, who provided assistance for hands-on projects and planning. It gave them insights on where improvement can be made. Now, they are involved in the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) a whole new way of organising health care in South Africa’s most prestigious hospitals.

Health care issues in Africa are complicated. Not only for the African burden of disease challenges, but for the logistic triangle of patients, health care providers and insurances. The rising middle class and the traditional distribution of wealth puts extra challenges into this equation. Health care systems, originally adapted from the West, now need to adapt not so much to change, but to a situation that supports their unique circumstances.

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SANDER VORSELMAN – INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, ROYAL HASKONINGDHV 

 ‘People travel hours to a hospital, bringing their families. We need to understand how people receive the care they need.’ 

The infrastructure of people, care and money will need to be redesigned in order to create a sustainable health care system for hospitals. Experience in the international arena of health care helps to create great solutions. As important is to understand the complete local picture.

Providing efficient access to the available medical equipment and treatments, that is what defines the rate of success in health care dynamics. “In many of Africa’s top hospitals the equipment is first rate, but the facility logistics are outdated. Which means that the health care logistics are not aligned with the personal need for care”, says Hubert van Zandvoort, Associate Director Cape Region, Industry & Buildings, Market Leader Health South Africa, Royal HaskoningDHV. Building more of the same seems not to be the solution. “Only smarter hospitals, designed to the health care needs in these local situations, will take the development of Africa’s health care to the next level. This needs a fundamentally different way of looking at the treatment of all people.”

Our extensive global experience in designing and renovating academic hospitals, general hospitals, multispecialty hospitals, psychiatric institutions and homes for elderly covers the entire building life cycle.

SANDER VORSELMAN – INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, ROYAL HASKONINGDHV

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