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High school students build mini-medical treatment facility

April 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Dozens turned out in Anaheim Monday afternoon for the unveiling of a mini-medical treatment facility bound for South Africa.

The facility was built from a 20-foot shipping container by about 40 students at Western High School.

Students have spent the majority of the school year building the so-called "Doc in a Box."

It will serve as a remote field clinic equipped with refrigeration, water filtration and electric lighting.

"This is our biggest project. As far as I know I don't think a high school has ever attempted this so this is the first time it's ever been done by a high school. I've seen projects where colleges are doing this but not high schools," said teacher Jerry Cates.

The clinic can run off of wind, solar or electrical power.

It will also double as a classroom to provide health education.