TYPOLOGY: Health care LOCATION: Bahir Dar, Ethiopia ARCHITECTS: GRAFT, RAAS ARCHITECTS CLIENT:  Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) YEAR OF REALIZATION: – CONTRACT VALUE: BIRR —- million. PLOT AREA: 1.5 ha Status: Under Construction

Deep in the heart of Ethiopia, nestled among lush landscapes and rich cultural heritage, a new beacon of hope is about to shine. The Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) is embarking on a groundbreaking journey to build a Specialty Eye Clinic Center in the bustling city of Bahir Dar. This state-of-the-art facility promises to revolutionize eye care in the region, offering specialized services and training opportunities, while simultaneously embracing sustainability and ethical practices.

HCP’s vision for the Bahir Dar center goes far beyond simply providing medical care. The project aims to establish a center of excellence, equipped with cutting-edge technology and staffed by skilled professionals. This will not only ensure top-quality treatment for patients but also serve as a training ground for aspiring ophthalmologists, fostering a future generation of dedicated eye care specialists.

Recognizing the importance of responsible development, HCP is committed to building a facility that is not only efficient but also environmentally friendly. The design emphasizes simplicity, utilizing locally available materials and construction methods. Expansive green areas will contribute to reducing air pollution and improving overall air quality. Utilizing natural light and cross-ventilation will further minimize energy consumption.

The center’s design is not just about functionality; it fosters a sense of community and belonging. Interconnected walkways and courtyards create inviting spaces for patients and families to gather and interact. The landscape design incorporates native plants and promotes outdoor activities, reflecting the vibrant culture of Bahir Dar.

HCP is committed to long-term sustainability and has already envisioned future expansion phases. The initial 1.5 hectares of land allows for the first phase of construction, with the possibility of acquiring an additional 1.5 hectares for further development. This ensures the project can adapt and grow to meet the evolving needs of the community.


The HCP Eye Center in Bahir Dar is more than just a medical facility; it represents a beacon of hope for the region. It promises to provide quality eye care to those who need it most, while also contributing to the development of a skilled workforce and promoting sustainable practices. This project is a testament to HCP’s unwavering commitment to improving lives and making a positive impact on the world.