It's always nice to hear how good companies are helping the world.* I've just learned about one to keep an eye on: Containers to Clinics. C2C is a start-up non-profit that's retrofitting shipping containers for use as health clinics that cater to women and children's needs in the developing world. Their prototype container clinic is currently under construction with Stack Design Build in Rhode Island and should be complete in mid-November.
To celebrate the prototype and C2C endeavor, the company is planning a big showcase and dinner event at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston on November 16, 2009.
With future portable containers, C2C plans to retrofit and outfit shipping containers with high-quality equipment, medicines, and medical staff. They're designed to include diagnostic, lighting, and climate-control technologies for low resource situations in the developing areas. The containers will then be transported to underserved areas to give women and children access to primary health care and treatments.
C2C seems to be on to something important, and we'll make sure to check back soon on the fully completed prototype model. Stay tuned …
*Some other companies that we've mentioned in the past also include Project H Design and Green Horizon. These companies all approach basic human needs from a different angle, and their work is an inspiration.
Rendering credits: Stack DB.