Dr. Oluyombo Awojobi inspects the autoclaves at his clinic in Eruwa, Nigeria. The autoclaves, which sterilize surgical equipment, are made from recycled propane cylinders.

Dr. Oluyombo Awojobi inspects the autoclaves at his clinic in Eruwa, Nigeria. The autoclaves, which sterilize surgical equipment, are made from recycled propane cylinders.

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Dr. Oluyombo Awojobi – founder of the Awojobi medical clinic in Eruwa, Nigeria – and his wife, Atinuke Awojobi, who runs the clinic’s x-ray department.

Dr. Oluyombo Awojobi founded the Awojobi medical clinic in Eruwa, Nigeria, and his wife, Atinuke Awojobi, runs the clinic’s x-ray department.

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Head nurse A. Oyesomi takes a patient's blood pressure. The clinic treats 30,000 patients a year.

Head nurse A. Oyesomi takes a patient's blood pressure. The clinic treats 30,000 patients a year.

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The clinic is famous for simple, locally constructed medical equipment. Here, a nurse operates a hematocrit centrifuge made from bicycle parts to separate plasma from red blood cells.

The clinic is famous for simple, locally constructed medical equipment. Here, a nurse operates a hematocrit centrifuge made from bicycle parts to separate plasma from red blood cells.

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The tilt and height of the operating table are controlled by jacks like those used to change car tires.

The tilt and height of the operating table are controlled by jacks like those used to change car tires.

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Urine tests at the clinic are performed using a kerosene burner.

Urine tests at the clinic are performed using a kerosene burner.

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A worker feeds corn cobs—collected from local farms—into the furnace, as fuel.

A worker feeds corn cobs — collected from local farms — into the furnace, as fuel.

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An employee unloads a crate of distilled water. Making saline solution with water distilled in the corn cob furnace reduces the clinic's costs by more than 80 percent.

An employee unloads a crate of distilled water. Making saline solution with water distilled in the corn cob furnace reduces the clinic's costs by more than 80 percent.

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"Everything that doesn't degrade, we hold onto it so that it may be of use in the future," Dr. Awojobi says. He plans to melt down these bottles, which used to contain injectable medicines, to produce drinking glasses.

"Everything that doesn't degrade, we hold onto it so that it may be of use in the future," Dr. Awojobi says. He plans to melt down these bottles, which used to contain injectable medicines, to produce drinking glasses.

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Dr. Awojobi calls this small, open-air shed his “museum.” It houses the prototypes of inventions that he has developed over the years. The tricycle ambulance, converted from an ordinary motorcycle, was designed by his brother.

Dr. Awojobi calls this small, open-air shed his “museum.” It houses the prototypes of inventions that he has developed over the years. The tricycle ambulance, converted from an ordinary motorcycle, was designed by his brother.

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Rowan Moore Gerety

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