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At the heart of the RIT Hope for Honduras initiative is the collaboration with in-country partner, Hospital Escuela, Honduras’ largest public hospital and the not-for-profit organization, Little Angels of Honduras.

The overarching objective is to establish a viable, equitable model of accessible, quality medical care to reduce infant mortality and improve the experience of patients, families and caregivers through innovative design and engineering solutions.



Lab News

  • January 2022


    The transformative design and build out of a Toyota Land Cruiser into a state-of-the-art neonatal transport ambulance

    The transformative design and build out of a Toyota Land Cruiser into a state-of-the-art neonatal transport ambulance will offer much hope to first responders and babies in need of critical care in Honduras. more>

  • February 2021


    Moving Forward with the retrofit on Neonatal Transport Ambulance

    We are one large step closer to completing our neonatal transport ambulance thanks to American Medical Response! more>

  • May 2020

    Toyota Landcruiser next to American Medical Response sign

    Angel’s Arc: Neonatal Transport Ambulance

    A brand new, 2019 Toyota Landcruiser was delivered to NextFleet, American Medical Response’s ambulance and fleet refurbishment facility, in Mineral Wells, Texas Friday, April 24, 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • October 2019

    People at the clinic

    Fundacion Canguro visit

    RIT Hope for Honduras Creative Director Mary Golden and Fulbright Scholar, Andrea Gonzalez traveled to Bogota, Columbia on October 28, 2019 to meet with renowned Kangaroo Mother Care provider and researcher, Dr. Nathalie Charpak at her clinic Fundacion Canguro.


Honduras Research Trip 2017 students at airport
Faculty Led Study Abroad

In October 2017, a select team of students traveled to Honduras for five days on an International Research Expedition with RIT Assistant Professor Golden to inform the process of design for the neonatal transport unit, emergency incubator and Skin-to-Skin care device.

Hospital Escuela Renovation and Expansion Designs for infant floor
Hospital Escuela Renovation and Expansion

A team of architects and RIT interior designers collaborated on the design for a combined 12,500 square foot addition and renovation for Hospital Escuela's NICU. This will more than double the hospital’s capacity, and for the first time, implement a skin to skin incubation education program with infectious disease protocol.

Full Scale Design Mockup of Ambulance Interior
Neonatal Intra-Hospital Transport Unit Angel’s Arc

To address the need for safe transportation of critically ill newborns from local and rural hospitals to Hospital Escuela a multidisciplinary team of senior capstone students designed and created a full scale prototype for an intra-hospital transport ambulance staged on a Toyota Landcruiser 78 chassis.

Multidisciplinary Team of students and faculty who attended the Conscious Design Exhibition

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