Another kind of recycling
Images of this year’s devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Chile served as grim reminders of the need for better healthcare services in certain parts of the globe—which is the purpose behind Containers to Clinics, a Dover, Mass.-based charitable organization also known as C2C.
Established by physician assistant Elizabeth Sheehan in September 2008, C2C launched a prototype health container clinic late last year in an effort to improve the health of women and children by providing access to primary healthcare. The clinics—made from retrofitted shipping containers—are used to house exam, consultation, pharmacy and laboratory spaces.
Sheehan, the group’s founder and president established the organization after practicing emergency medicine in the U.S., training paramedics in Cambodia, and teaching triage to nurses in the crowded emergency rooms of Mozambique. “Without access to trained medical personnel, operational health facilities, and simple medicines, health in the developing world is constantly challenged,” Sheehan writes on C2C’s Web site. “Without these elements, staying healthy in resource-poor settings is nearly impossible.”
C2C has a unique solution for clinics in the developing world.