Mobile Dental Clinic

Non-communicable diseases are one of the most common causes of mortality in Africa and children are the most vulnerable group. In developing countries and regions such as Central Africa, children do not have access to suitable fluoride toothpaste and toothbrushes, and in more rural areas, access to dentistry professionals is very limited. This causes children to have a high risk of developing tooth decay or suffering from diseases such as Noma (WHO, 2017). Due to very poor diet and oral hygiene, dental decay mostly affects poorly developed countries where the Human Development Index falls below  average rates (CAPP, 2019), therefore, there is an urgent need for mobile dental clinics that provide essential services for children living in rural areas of developing countries.

Design Objectives

  • To improve dental care of children living in remote villages  and access to medical services in developing countries.
  • To design a welcoming environment for children by using colour psychology and applying semiotics to inform and help reduce stress and anxiety before the visit.
  • To design a practical and user-focused layout following spatial strategies that maximise use and functionality of available floor space.
  • To design a mobile dental clinic that prioritises staff comfort by providing dentists with personal storage spaces and washroom.
  • To improve working conditions and minimise maintenance of the clinic by using easy to clean anti-microbial surfaces.