Experience from the field

Normeca has during the years gained a significant field experience from operations in countries like Albania, Kosovo, India, Afghanistan, Jordan, Iran, Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia, Republic of South Sudan, Haiti, Japan, Philippines with more.


Saturday September 16, 2006, Normeca signed its largest contract ever with the Government of South Sudan (GOSS), Ministry of health, to dramatically improve the health care situation for the people of South Sudan. The contracts were signed by the Minister of Health in the presence of the President's Advisor, State Secretaries from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and Ministry of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development. The Signing Ceremony was covered by leading media in South Sudan; TV, radio and the largest newspapers.

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Under the contracts, Normeca shall build 10 semi-permanent state hospitals in South Sudan each with 80 to 150 beds and accommodation for approximately 150 people. Each hospital will have 5 mobile clinics, a total of 50. In addition, Normeca will provide 2 floating hospitals for the river Nile.

In addition, Normeca signed a 5 year management and operations agreement covering all hospitals and clinics. Consequently, Normeca is in need of a considerable number of new employees in South Sudan over the next years. You can read more about the project by clicking this link to a PDF file: Project South Sudan.

Unfortunately the project has stopped because of lack of funds.

For further information, please contact us.
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In October 2005 a heavy earth quake hit several areas in Pakistan. Rapid response is crucial, Normeca got an inquiry from Cuba’s authorities for supplying of a field hospital based on tents that should be run by a Cuban medical team. The hospital was delivered in Muzaffarabad.

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In December 2005 Normeca delivered a mobile hospital to Cuba for preparedness in Latin America. This hospital, based on tents, was moved to Indonesia after the earth quake in May 2006 and established there on behalf of the Government of Cuba by staff from Normeca.

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During the first months of 2006 Normeca delivered a field hospital in Hattian Bala, Pakistan, for Medicines Sans Frontiers based on flat pack containers. This hospital included operating theatre, ICU, doctors’ office, pharmacy, laboratory, blood bank, shower and toilets. The delivery was complete with generator, heating and cooling plants, water purifying system, and more.

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Thailand and Indonesia

After the tsunami 26.12.2004 Normeca delivered a complete field hospital to Sumatra by the Japanese Red Cross. The company also build up the Site 2 in Mai Kao, Phuket, Thailand for identification of dead bodies. Normeca delivered this forensic medicine centre as a turnkey, and the company had the total responsibility for running the site, including, among others, logistic, catering, security and maintenance for 13 months.

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After the tsunami the Thai Government reported 5 395 confirmed deaths, 8 457 injuries and 3 120 missing in Thailand from 44 countries. The Thai authorities estimated that 8 000 are likely to have died. A fantastic job was done by the local rescue workers and police with rescuing as many as possible, and also to get all the dead transported to the different temple areas. It was established DVI (Disaster Victims Identification) centres in Khao Lak, outside Phuket Town and in Krabi. The first couple of weeks the DVI personnel were forced to work outside under the open sky in extremely trying conditions.

It soon became evident that if the Government should be able to identify as many victims as possible, the working conditions had to change dramatically. Normeca suggested at an early stage to build up an Identification Centre based on flat packed containers with air conditioning, water supply and other necessary equipment.

Closed to 5000 victims were stored in more than 100 freezing containers when the operation started, less than 500 was left when the site closed 13 months later.

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GUJARAT– right after the earth quake in January, 2001
About 13.00 o'clock a.m. on the same day as the earth quake
occurred, NORMECA A/S received the order from the Japanese
Red Cross Society (JRCS).

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The day after, at 06.00 o'clock in the morning all
the equipment was made ready for transportation by air
from Oslo Airport, Gardermoen.

In the afternoon of the same day two representatives
from NORMECA A/S left for New Delhi together with
the equipment.

In New Delhi the two persons' team from NORMECA
organized customs clearance and further transporting
by air to Buhj in the catastrophe area and also arranged
arrival for the team from JRCS.

In the Buhj-area our team arranged certain number of
working hands and reconnoitring together with organizing
of reloading of the equipment, transportation, temporary
billeting, etc.

Few hours after the establishing place had been decided, our hospital started to work.

The days to follow were used to some improvements,
training of the JRCS team and local employers, and
also to organizing of the supply of water, food and fuel.
As far as we know, NORMECA A/S was the first external
running hospital in the catastrophe area.

From the first day the hospital treated approx. 100 – 130 patients per day, most of these as out-patients.

Severely injured and sick persons were evacuated to the hospitals run by the Finnish / Norwegian Red Cross in Buhj.

During our staying in India we also received orders regarding further delivery of one more hospital – to the Medical Relief Unit (MeRU). This hospital was established in the town Rapar, about 180 km north-east for Buhj.

After this operation in India JRCS decided to purchase one hospital for preparedness storage at NORMECA A/S.

According to the contract between NORMECA A/S and JRCS, NORMECA A/S should arrange for the hospital to be transported to and started running at the actual effort site.

The hospital was ready for setting in the service from the summer 2001.

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BAGLAN-province after the earth quake in Mars 2002. Also this delivery was executed for The Japanese Red Cross Society. The assumptions for this delivery were somewhat different, since we had about two weeks at our disposal for making all necessary preparations. It was just the case when the hospital stored for preparedness should be used, but we required some additional equipment - both medical and supporting material.

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The transportation was carried out by trailer transport from NORMECA`s warehouse to Billund in Denmark and further by charter flight Iliushin 76 directly to Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan. All reloading, arrival of the JRCS team and transportation to the earth quake area was arranged in collaboration with the International Red Cross Federation` sub office in Mazar-i-Sharif. The hospital was set up in Nharin area in Baghlan-province, approx. 260 km. from Mazar-i-Sharif.

Both setting up and starting of the hospital was quite quick and problem-free. This was thanks to the planning- and preparation work done earlier in connection with preparedness storage.

From the first day the hospital treated about 80 – 90 patients of all categories. Both medical and technical running worked quite satisfactory and in accordance with the plans.

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Saudi Arabia

In 2009 Normeca delivered the two most sophisticated mobile hospitals in the world, to Saudi-Arabia’s Ministry of Finance, for use at the annual Hajj in Mecca. The MultiSpace solution is Normeca’s own design, based on expandable semitrailers.

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Normeca received an order from Ministry of Finance in Saudi-Arabia through our local agent for two complete mobile hospitals based in expandable MultiSpace semi-trailers. The contract also includes trailers and all medical equipment. The hospital is built up from 7 trailers in total, one stand alone and six connected to each other

  • One corridor single trailer with waiting area
  • One female expandable trailer with reception, examination room, ER room and ward
  • One male expandable trailer with reception, examination room, ER room and ward
  • One lab/pharmacy expandable trailer with meeting- and relax room
  • One OT expandable trailer with sterilization and recover
  • One ICU expandable trailer with 4 beds each female and male
  • One X-ray expandable trailer with ultrasound and maintenance room

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    Saudi Arabia – Red Crescent

    Hospital with 48 bedposts and corresponding accommodations based in expandable containers and inflatable tents.

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  • 6 tents
  • 7 containers
  • Operating Theater
  • Lab and pharmacy
  • 2x examination
  • 48 bedposts
  • 24 accommodations

  • All infrastructure and medical equipment, including water- and sanitation system, were installed by the time of delivery. Training were also arranged and implemented by Normeca personnel on the site in Saudi Arabia.

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    In 2009 Normeca delivered a complete 50 beds NBC protected hospital based in inflatable tents to UAE Army. The hospital was completed with NorHosp and NorAid modules incl. kitchen dining and accommodation for 40 staff.

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    The summer 2010 Normeca built a semi-permanent (flatpack container based) 120 beds Mother & Child Hospital for the Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) from Holland in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The Hospital was also used as a cholera hospital during the outbreak of cholera in 2011.

    Libya / Qatar

    Mach 2011 Normeca delivered a complete 50 bed hospital with 40 bed accommodation based in inflatable tents to National Interim Transitional Council, Libya as a donation from Government of State of Qatar. The hospital was completed with NorHosp and NorAid modules incl. kitchen dining and accommodation for 40 staff. The complete hospital with all equipment was ready to be sent after only 5 (five) days.


    May 2011 Normeca delivered two small semi-permanent hospitals to Japan after the earthquake, each around 450 m2. The first hospital was erected in 2011 only a few weeks after the tsunami.

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