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To Reduce Infection, This Rwandan Hospital Banished Hallways


When a team from MASS Design Group arrived in Rwanda in 2008 to design a hospital for the rural region of Burera, they heard a story about a clinic that had sickened its charges in an outbreak of tuberculosis. Poor ventilation meant the disease could spread easily between patients, many of whom were cooped up together in hallways. “We said, ‘So why have hallways?’” Alan Ricks, a founding partner of MASS Design Group, recalls in a video about the project.

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