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Mallam Atta Clinic - New Maternity Unit

PURPOSE: Healthcare



When OOA heard about Rotary Club of Accra Ridge’s desire to support the Mallam Atta Market Government Clinic (MAMGC) with a maternity unit, we were moved to be a part of it, especially after visiting the clinic and meeting the dedicated staff who run the clinic in the face of many challenges. 
We were moved by a strong feeling that our market women are not celebrated enough and we wanted to do contribute our skills towards giving them something special.  They deserve it for helping to feed us all. 

Mallam Atta Market Government Clinic (MAMGC) is located in the middle of a very busy area and the proposed site is bordered on one side by a bright, colorful and loud market and on the opposite side by the calmness of the clinic environment.
The design process incorporates the search for something distinctive, as well as care for the user experience and the impact on the environment.  
We sought to create a cocoon or womb like barrier between the busy, loud market and the calmness of the clinic. This thought gave rise to thick earth walls that cocoon the clinic and protect it from the hustle and bustle of the market. 

On the calm clinic side, transparency and openness are used to encourage user interactions as well as allow the flow of light and air into the spaces. Light and ventilation also flows into the spaces through the roof design which is elevated to allow their passage.
Careful architectural design incorporating sustainable interventions ensures that the building will not only deliver a pleasing user experience, but will save water and energy and allow for cheaper running cost and maintenance.  The roof design incorporates solar panels, solar hot water and rainwater collection. A biofilm digester is  specified for its sustainability.

This MAMGC seeks to be a stimulating and memorable space that staff and mothers as well as fathers can experience with all their senses and leave with a sense of tranquility and wellness.

Rotary Club of Accra - Ridge
The clinic is within the club’s catchment area, the club identified this project in 2016 after an initial visit was done by the Service Project chair and the President Nominee at the time, the visit was to identify some needs of the facility to enable the club plan in future.
Rotary for the past three years  has been organizing it’s annual free health screening dubbed ‘ Rotary Family Health Days’ for the market women, traders and the entire community around the market.
Their major need is to provide a comfortable delivery/maternity unit for the pregnant and expectant mother’s who visit the facility.
The club is seeking to help reduce maternal mortality cases and to also facilitate smooth health delivery for expectant mothers within the market and the community as a whole.
This is aligned with Rotary’s focus of Disease Prevention and Treatment and Maternal and Child Health.