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Design contest launched for mobile Ebola hospitals

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An international design competition has been a launched to create a series of portable micro-hospitals for treating people infected with Ebola

The anonymous contest seeks ideas for strategic ‘healing environments’ which could be used to treat people infected with the fatal disease

Around four thousand people have contracted the virus following an unprecedented outbreak in West Africa.  

The contest – open to designers, architects, engineers and medical professionals – has been launched by Habitat for Healing, a consortium of architecture and medical students from the New York Institute of Technology.

According to the brief: ‘The main objective is to help communities and individuals in containing and battling diseases.

‘[Our] hope is the open idea competition will generate therapeutic units that could help in relieving the health crisis in West Africa and the world at large.’

The deadline for applications is 19 January.

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