The last decades the biomedical hospitals has been subject to criticism in Europe and the US for not providing a physical environment promoting health and well-being for the patient (Fridell 1998). As a response to this criticism, research has been initiated with the aim to develop more humanised hospital environments. This doctoral project aims at elucidating how the patient's cultural needs can be better accommodated in the hospital in a developmental context. The study explores socio-cultural phenomena of importance during the patient's hospitalisation and their relation to the physical environment. Fieldwork has been carried out in Namibia. Hospitals in Namibia are of European origin and are only slightly adapted to the Namibian context, primarily to the climate. The Namibian society is subject to rapid socio-economic and cultural change. There are many ethnic groups in Namibia, but due to urbanisation and cultural exchange with remote locales, ethnic particularities have become blurred. The concept hybridization is used to indicate the cultural blend occurring when new habits and values are incorporated in existing patterns of life (Tomlinson 1999:141ff). Through hybridising processes, cultural aspects related to for example the patient's education and sex can be expected to have a stronger impact on future healthcare needs than ethnicity.