I trust you all had a wonderful beginning to the new year. As you may have (or may not have) noticed, there was no January challenge. The reason is the impetus for this month's challenge: healthcare.
Quick backstory: at the beginning of the new year, an incident happened through no fault of my own, and I was quite heavily injured. I'm about 75% recovered, and things are getting steadily getting better. The result of the injury took me away from everything for a touch more than two weeks, including OGF. Hence, no January challenge. When I came back, the whole ordeal made me think about how we do healthcare on OGF. Every country is different, and each culture is different. I thought it might be time for a challenge here!
And away we go!
For this month, your challenge is to do something related to healthcare. It could be a hospital, clinic, outpatient practice, pharmacy, surgery center, spa, or even something else. If there is a cultural medicine tradition or a naturalist practice, go ahead and add that! Be creative and have it fit with your country's culture.
This is a surprisingly hard challenge, however. Remember that not every small town of 3000 people is going to have a hospital. Clinics and urgent-care centers (as they're called in North America) are often fairly evenly spaced but clustered around population centers. Emergency vehicles need to be able to easily get in and out of many of these facilities too. Consider your traffic flow and where accessible junctions are. Pharmacies are easier to place, but it also depends on how much that country's government regulates the industry. In other words, placing healthcare facilities means that the community it's being placed in is relatively planned out already.
If you're looking for something even more advanced and have a metropolitan area to work with, try to build an entire healthcare network: a couple hospitals, scattered outpatient practices, a surgery center, some pharmacies and clinics, etc. Remember that these places will need to be spaced enough to not compete with each other but close enough together to cover the population. If you are in a heavily-regulated country or one with nationalized medicine, you won't need to worry about competition from another network. If you want a free-market medicine environment, you'll need to account for another network in the same area to at least some degree.
Don't forget to share things below with your fellow mappers. I can't wait to see what happens!
Good luck on the challenge! And, a belated is-Sena t-Tajba (Happy New Year)!