Global Clinic

by Doctors of the World UK in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 10th May 2019 we successfully raised £12,710 with 310 supporters in 64 days

Help Doctors of the World deploy an emergency health clinic that can provide effective, adaptable healthcare to those in need.

by Doctors of the World UK in London, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

With an extra £5,000 we will be able to deploy a second clinic, this could be used when doctors need to provide urgent medical care in response to an earthquake, hurricane or to give counselling to those fleeing from conflict or war. Their needs will require urgent attention.

UPDATE: Thank you so much to all our amazing supporters - thanks to you, we have hit our £10,000 target!

UPDATE: The Global Clinic will be sent this summer to the Balkans, where it will help provide mental health support to migrants and refugees.

Doctors of the World is a medical charity helping victims of natural disasters, refugees and people in vulnerable circumstances. Our experience in the refugee crisis showed that traditional emergency clinics, like tents, huts, and containers are not suited for patients’ and doctors’ needs.

We decided to find a solution and created the Global Clinic thanks to the support of leading architects, engineers, and the Wellcome Collection.

Now, we need your help to raise an initial £10,000 to send the Global Clinic to those who need it the most

What's the problem?

In refugee camps, natural disaster zones, and conflict situations, healthcare needs are urgent and addressing them is critical. Children, women and men need help treating wounds, both physical and emotional, but local structures are often destroyed or overwhelmed. 

Doctors, like the volunteers who work with Doctors of the World, are among the first responders during emergencies, and often the last to leave. However, there are no medical structures that are specifically created for humanitarian medical response needs. Doctors have to work in tents that quickly become ice-cold or sweltering, in unhygienic vans or unwelcoming shipping containers, or in huts that provide no privacy for their patients. 

In Greece, Doctors of the World volunteers met a woman named Afia, who was fleeing from Afghanistan. She was suffering from postnatal depression, but struggled to talk about it because she didn’t want to be overheard in the crowded refugee camp. Doctors found an unused tent, where Afia was grateful to be able to speak freely and get support. But this crucial care shouldn’t be at risk due to lack of a safe clinic building, and confidential trauma treatment shouldn’t have to take place in crowded public spaces.

These are not the types of clinics that we want for our patients, no matter where they are in the world. Refugees fleeing their homes and survivors of natural disasters have often suffered severe loss, separation, physical pain and suffering. They deserve medical care in a space that is confidential, comfortable, and designed to meet their needs.

After witnessing these issues in the countries where we work, Doctors of the World felt a call to action. When Wellcome Collection put out a call for proposals for an architectural installation that addressed a health issue to accompany their Living With Buildings exhibition, we saw an opportunity. We rallied our most experienced medical professionals and worked with a world-class team of architects and engineers to build a solution. The result is the Global Clinic.

We have a solution!

The Global Clinic is a low-cost, easily-assembled, and durable solution that creates a private and safe space for patients and doctors worldwide. 

It has been designed for rapid deployment and long-lasting intervention. The clinic is constructed from 25 pieces of plywood that are CNC machined locally into 298 parts, which are then delivered as a flatpack and assembled in one day, with no need for tools or machinery. 

"This is the cutting edge of miracle medical architecture" - TimeOut

It has an enclosed medical room separate from a waiting area, an interconnectable design allowing for multiple units to be attached, and a cellular structure that creates insulation in changing climates. The clinic is a robust building that can last decades, becoming a community centre for teaching, counselling and education.

“The flat-pack clinic that could revolutionise healthcare in isolated communities” - The Telegraph

The Global Clinic has been created with our patients’ experience in mind. It’s an attractive, dignified and comfortable space where patients can receive medical and psychosocial support. It provides doctor-patient confidentiality and privacy that is so important for those who have experienced severe trauma. 

We need your help!

Our team of medical professionals, architects from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and engineers from BuroHappold and ChapmanBDSP have built the first prototype of The Global Clinic, which you can see on display until the end of April at Wellcome Collection. Now, we need your help to send it to the field.

Your support will go towards the delivery, construction, and running of the first Global Clinic for patients in need, to be deployed in the Balkans this summer. Our team will work with doctors, nurses and patients using the clinics, continually gathering feedback and evaluating how they use the structure so that we can best meet the community’s needs.

We need an initial £15,000 to deploy and staff the first two Global Clinic buildings, so that we can provide it at no cost to the crew on the ground

£5,000 will cover the costs of printing and assembling one clinic building

£10,000 will cover the costs of staffing it with doctors

£15,000 will cover the costs of printing and assembling two clinics

£30,000 allows us to test in two different regions, adapting the clinic structure for different climates

£50,000 would allow us to reach three emergency zones

Doctors of the World is an independent humanitarian charity that believes no one should be excluded from healthcare. We run 400 programmes in 80 countries, meeting the health needs of vulnerable people across the world.

From remote villages in Nepal to overcrowded refugee camps in Lebanon, the Global Clinic can be deployed at high speed and low cost to provide a safe, dignified space for people in crisis. From its first day, it will allow us to save lives.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£75 or more

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£75 Reward - Breakfast with the medics

Come and have breakfast with some of our volunteers. Visit Doctors of the World office and have breakfast with other wonderful Global Clinic supporters and our volunteers talking about their experiences in the field.

£5 or more

£5 Reward - Thank you!

Thank you personalised message from Doctors of the World UK!

£10 or more

£10 Reward - Shout Out

Thank you shout out message from Doctors of the World UK on Twitter and special supporter badge banner !

£15 or more

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£15 Reward - Special Plasters

A pack of “Thank you!” plasters by Doctors of the World, complete with logos and images. A great addition to (or beginning of) your first aid kit!

£20 or more

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£20 Reward - Doctors’ Tote

A Doctors of the World tote is something to flaunt whatever the season! Great to carry your architectural sketches or medical notes.

£25 or more

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£25 Reward - Supporter T-Shirt

A Doctors of the World's T-Shirt to show your support for healthcare and human rights in great style.

£40 or more

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£40 Reward - Mystery Book

A mystery book from Wellcome Collection's latest publications. Wellcome Collection is the world class museum and library where the Global Clinic is currently on display. Plus, they will be signed by Doctors of the World's team!

£250 or more

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Limited - Signed piece of the Global Clinic

Special Release! A signed cut-out of the first Global Clinic prototype. Limited edition plywood cutouts signed by the architects from RSHP, now for just £250. Please note their size is 2.4m x 1.2m

£500 or more

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£500 Reward - Signed Cut Outs

A signed cut-out of the first Global Clinic prototype on exhibition at the Wellcome Collection. These are the limited edition plywood cutouts produced for the project and signed by the architects from RSHP. Please note their size is 2.4m x 1.2m

£2,500 or more

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Special Release - Put your name on it

For the last two days of the crowdfunder, you can now put your name on the first Global Clinic.

£35 or more

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£35 Reward - Doctors’ Full Set

A full Doctors of the World set, including plasters, tote bag, and T-shirt so you can be prepared for every occasion.

£50 or more

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£50 Reward - Signed copy of Living with Buildings

A signed copy of the book “Living With Buildings and Walking With Ghosts” by Iain Sinclair, commissioned by Wellcome Collection to accompany the Living With Buildings exhibition.

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