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India Reveals the First Portable Hospital

January 2024

Latest News - Products & Services

India Reveals the First Portable Hospital

January 2024

In a groundbreaking medical innovation, India has unveiled the world's first portable "flatpack" field hospital, aptly named the Aarogya Maitri Cube. This modular system, contained within 72 compact, weatherproof cubes, offers rapid deployment and critical healthcare capabilities in the face of natural disasters and humanitarian crises.

Breaking away from traditional brick-and-mortar limitations, the Aarogya Maitri Cube can be assembled in a mere hour, significantly reducing the critical window for medical intervention in disaster zones. Each cube, measuring a manageable 38cm x 38cm x 38cm and weighing 15kg, houses specialized medical equipment and facilities not typically found in mobile medical units.

The hospital boasts an array of life-saving capabilities, including:


    • Small intensive-care units: Providing immediate critical care for severely injured patients.


    • Operating theater: Equipped for essential surgical procedures within disaster zones.


    • Portable X-ray and ultrasound machines: Enabling rapid diagnosis and treatment decisions.


    • Ventilators: Supporting patients with respiratory distress.


    • Solar generators and water stations: Ensuring self-sufficiency and independence from local infrastructure.


    • Cooking station: Catering to the basic needs of medical personnel and patients.


The cube system's modularity allows for flexible deployment. In situations requiring immediate surgical intervention, the operating theater can be prioritized and assembled within a mere 10 minutes, allowing life-saving procedures to commence while other units are constructed. Additionally, 60 of the cubes are designated core components, with the remaining 12 customizable to address specific needs on the ground.

This pioneering initiative stems from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Aarogya Maitri Project," dedicated to supporting low-income countries struggling with natural disasters. "The hospital is a small contribution by India to humanitarian work around the world," stated Dr. Ankita Sharma, a consultant involved in the project. "We are now ready to share it with any country that needs it."

The Aarogya Maitri Cube represents a significant leap forward in disaster response capabilities. Its rapid deployment, versatility, and life-saving equipment hold the potential to save countless lives in the face of unforeseen emergencies. Beyond India's borders, this innovation offers a powerful tool for global humanitarian efforts, paving the way for a more resilient and responsive world in the face of natural disasters.

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