Effectiveness of Mobile Clinics in Africa
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Treatment of preventable diseases in Africa is highly dependent on the availability of efficient capacity and adequate systems on the given location. One of the many obstacles for medical professionals in Africa is the lack of adequately equipped facilities. Could mobile clinics be the solution to the problem of lack of medical manpower, medical technology, training, and medical resources in many parts of Africa? Could this very well be the solution for sustainable health care facilities in Africa?
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The primary mission of the mobile clinics is to deliver basic primary healthcare to remote communities that have little or no access to advanced healthcare. Mobile Clinics are properly equipped with full medical testing and examination facilities that will facilitate the delivery of effective and efficient medical care. The mobile clinics often come fully operational; supplied with advanced technology such as satellite communication tool, patient care rooms, solar-powered lap-tops, health promotion materials and healthcare professional training materials. The mobile clinics have the capacity to relocate without difficulty, allowing for increased patient care coverage. Mobile health care is becoming the modern advanced method of being able to ensure not only basic essential health care, but education and training to millions of people living in rural and urban areas. Nomadic Communities Trust (NCT) and the Community Health Africa Trust (CHAT) are venturing out to remote areas of the Kenyan wilderness. They are currently serving over 70,000 people a year by travelling to remote Maasai and Samburu villages.
But what does doing a mobile clinic really involve? What are the challenges? How sustainable are they? Can they be duplicated or adapted to other areas? Please call with your questions, stories and comments as we explore this very important topic on African Health Dialogue. We would be glad to hear your view.