Unsettled Earth

– 15 May 2015

Just over one year since it opened, the Kathmandu blood bank centre for the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), has been put to the test with the recent earthquakes in Nepal.

Designed by Mukta Dinwiddie MacLaren to withstand an impact of up to 8.4 on the Richter scale, the facility has the capacity to supply 75% of the medical facilities & hospitals of Kathmandu Valley.

Professor Prodeep of the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital says: “Throughout the disaster, we knew blood bank was the safest building so the work never stopped there. In fact, immediately after the disaster, many people came to donate blood and in 12 hours we had enough blood so that we had to stop taking more donations.”

The state-of-the-art facility features a component separator, enabling blood packs to be divided according to requirement, allowing more people to be treated and supporting the work of nearby hospitals.

We are pleased to report the facility continues to function as it was intended and has been a vital support in this time of crisis.

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