Emergencies preparedness, response

Sustainable, energy efficient, health-facility design project using natural ventilation (natvent) for control of infection

Cutaway through infectious disease ward

A new Initiative to provide design guidance for low-cost infection prevention and control facilities

  • Maximising outbreak preparedness in low-income countries with the provision or adaptation of health facilities.
  • Minimising costs and emissions through appropriate and sustainable renovation and building of health facilities.


Well thought-out design guidance will assist health authorities in low-income countries with the provision or adaptation of isolation facilities, maximising outbreak preparedness, while minimising costs and emissions.

Project Methodology

  • Establish project network.
  • Developing and presenting innovative designs.
  • Testing designs, field assistance and modelling.

Expected Outcomes

  • Infection prevention and control facilities in low income countries.
  • Promotion of low-cost, naturally-ventilated sustainable designs.
  • Network of technical partners providing - free design guidance.
  • Promotion of low-emission, sustainable buildings.
Natural ventilation using bouyancy

For more information:

Contact: natventproject@who.int