BENEFITING: PTSA SANDY HOOK
TUBERCULOSIS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CONTRIBUTORS TO MORBIDITY AND
MORTALITY IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD
ELIZABETH KEE, a graduate architecture student an University of California Berkeley recently won the prestigious T.Y. Lin award a annual prize given to project proposals of outstanding measure that focus on both engineering and architectural fronts for her submission to build a much needed TB clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand.
Elizabeth graduated from New York University in 2007 and worked in New York for one year before deciding to go to Mae Sot, Thailand to volunteer to help design and build playgrounds for children from Myanmar (formerly Burma) who were seeking refuge in Mae Sot from the torture, rape, forced relocation and injury from landmines. Returning home after her year she worked for two years for an architect firm in Berkeley before deciding to return to school to get her masters degree.
Her research and design proposals aims to focus on the creation of a TB clinic and lab on the Thai-Burma border that provide a home base for the traveling doctors to see patients, examine sputum cultures for diagnosis.
Living in Mae Sot for the year and meeting and working with the locals and the NGO's and the volunteer doctors from the states and realizing they had no real facilities to work from she discussed with the doctors to find out what was really
needed to help the locals and that is how the TB clinic came about.
With the award that she received she spent a month this summer back in Mae Sot meeting with local officials and the NGO doctors to find the location where
the clinic will be built and all the requirements needed for this type of clinic. From this she returned to Berkeley to start designing the clinic. If all goes well she hopes to receive grants and donations for this project and will be able to start construction by the end of summer 2013.
NOTE: At this time the locals living in the refugee camp are making by hand all the bricks from mud, bamboo, and hay for the foundation and walls of the clinic.
They have made approximately 2,500. bricks to date. All donations will go to building the interior of the clinic(examination rooms, lab areas, etc).