A Wake-Up Call for Healthier Design

BY Etta Madete — Africa bears more than 24 percent of the global burden of disease, but has access to only 3 percent of its health workers and less than 1 percent of the world’s financial resources, according to the United Nations. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports [PDF] Africa has one doctor for every 5,000 people while a …

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Is the Building You are in Safe to Occupy?

BY Etta Madete — More than 700 buildings in Kenya are condemned as unsafe yet people continue to live in them. In the past 10 years alone, over 20 buildings have collapsed, killing over 100 people and injuring thousands. We were all quick to point fingers at the government and owners when eight children died …

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Etta Madete

Etta is a human-centered design architect, believing that communities must be at the heart of building and design. She chose architecture school because it she saw the field as both physical and tangible, that would allow her to come up with practical solutions. She’s passionate about sustainable building technology and materials in the built environment. …

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