Additions and alterations to the existing Kamanjab clinic
to bring the clinic accommodation up to standard for a rural health centre.
Munting Rechholtz Architects was appointed by the Department of Works and Transport to upgrade the existing Kamanjab clinic to a primary health centre for the Ministry of Health and Social Services. The existing facilities were severely run down and hopelessly inadequate for the growing needs of the local community, and the staff housing was uninhabitable. Converting the clinic into a health care centre necessitated the provision of additional in-patient facilities as well as increased consultation facilities and also an HIV/TB prevention centre. Accommodation for additional staff was a necessity due the remote location of Kamanjab. An up-to-date incinerator facility and mortuary was also required.
Some of the design challenges that were faced were: Maximising the passive design of the facility within limited budgetary constraints and design parameters to provide a pleasant internal space in a climate of extremes, creating privacy for the staff housing despite its close proximity to the clinic, and accommodating the cultural idiosyncrasies of the local Himba people, such as the red body paint with which they inevitably mark the clinic walls after each visit.