Mobile Clinics Bring Health Care to the Countryside in South Africa
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Women have been waiting outside a seven-meter-long trailer since the early hours of the morning to register with this portable medical clinic. Once they do, they can get free tests and check up on their health. In a mother and baby unit, women can learn their pregnancy status and have an ultrasound, as well as getting tests for blood pressure and diabetes.
The mobile clinic is an initiative by Samsung Electronics. The company has funded four solar-powered mobile clinics, each of them specialized for health needs such as eye care, dental care or malaria testing. The solar panels, combined with batteries, allow the trucks to operate 24 hours a day – in theory.