CARE
COLLECTION

Hospital equipment made
by craftsmen in Malawi

Malawi barely has its own manufacturing industry. Businesses, institutions and even hospitals must therefore import their equipment from Europe, America and Asia. This imported equipment is often extremely expensive, too complex or of poor quality. This is why many hospitals in Malawi are filled with derelict equipment. 

 

In collaboration with fellow designer Pim van Baarsen and commissioned by the Malawian business  Sakaramenta, we developed a new collection of hospital equipment, giving hospitals in Malawi the opportunity to purchase affordable products with a warranty, and at the same time creating jobs and benefiting the nation's economy.

THE PROBLEM

Malawi barely has its own manufacturing industry. Businesses, institutions and even hospitals must therefore import their equipment from Europe, America and Asia. This imported equipment is often extremely expensive, too complex or of poor quality. This is why many hospitals in Malawi are filled with derelict equipment. 

 

In collaboration with fellow designer Pim van Baarsen and commissioned by the Malawian business  Sakaramenta, we developed a new collection of hospital equipment, giving hospitals in Malawi the opportunity to purchase affordable products with a warranty, and at the same time creating jobs and benefiting the nation's economy.

In collaboration with fellow designer Pim van Baarsen and commissioned by the Malawian business  Sakaramenta, we developed a new collection of hospital equipment, giving hospitals in Malawi the opportunity to purchase affordable products with a warranty, and at the same time creating jobs and benefiting the nation's economy.

WHAT WE DESIGNED

A full range of equipment including hospital beds, theatre stools, surgical tables and trolleys, room dividers, IV-bag stands, over-bed tables and laundry trolleys—all made to be low tech, affordable, strong and locally repairable.

THE PROBLEM

Malawi barely has its own manufacturing industry. Businesses, institutions and even hospitals must therefore import their equipment from Europe, America and Asia. This imported equipment is often extremely expensive, too complex or of poor quality. This is why many hospitals in Malawi are filled with derelict equipment. 

 

In collaboration with fellow designer Pim van Baarsen and commissioned by the Malawian business  Sakaramenta, we developed a new collection of hospital equipment, giving hospitals in Malawi the opportunity to purchase affordable products with a warranty, and at the same time creating jobs and benefiting the nation's economy.

In collaboration with fellow designer Pim van Baarsen and commissioned by the Malawian business  Sakaramenta, we developed a new collection of hospital equipment, giving hospitals in Malawi the opportunity to purchase affordable products with a warranty, and at the same time creating jobs and benefiting the nation's economy.