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Hostels for Hop Tanzania
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The United Republic of Tanzania has some of the highest rates of cervical and breast cancer in the world. Based in Dar Es Salaam, Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI) treats close to 10,000 women each year for cervical and breast cancer, 60 percent of whom live outside Dar Es Salaam. Despite the availability of these facilities, many women diagnosed with cancer do not seek care, or drop out once they have started. Most will die at home. The reason? They simply live too far from the hospitals, and have no safe and affordable place to live between sessions of their cancer treatment. Women who lack the funds to pay for long-term lodging, or those who do not have family or friends in Dar es Salaam with whom they can live with for extended periods, face the prospect of having to camp outside without appropriate shelter on or near the hospital grounds. As a result, many women choose to stay home and die, rather than endure cancer treatment in a city far from family and home in places that are uncomfortable or unaffordable. In these wining proposal a hostel is designed to be built in ocean road cancer institute which is found right in front of Indian ocean. Our idea is to create a building that helps this cancer patients to nurse and help each other. Since there is no better person the pain that the cancer patient experiences who passed through the same situation. That is why we introduced the concept of therapy cubicles hanging between two blocks of bed rooms. At this cubicle rooms the women can have a discussion about their experiences about cancer and have a therapy session. This cubicles face directly to the ocean and have abundant natural light and ventilation. We also tend to create a living environment that looks like the rural area in which the women originally come from. This can be achieved by using traditional and local materials. so we adopt the traditional Swahili architecture which uses mud and timber to make a contemporary African architecture. The ground floor is designed to be open containing a reception and a common lounge with a recessed and elevated floor character. it also includes offices and nurse rooms. Two elevators and stair cases at the opposing wings of the building helps to move the patients to the upper floors where there are bed rooms arranged into blocks facing each other connected by therapy cubicles. Each bed room can accommodate two women, has a kitchen and an exterior terrace connecting every bed room. The building design is in a way that maximizes the view to Indian ocean and allow light and wind to inter into the building. The roof is an open terrace with an open view to Indian ocean, which also includes a shade and solar panels attached to it. In addition to the solar energy the proposal also includes a bio gas plant and a rain water harvest mechanism.