The artisanal mining communities where we work are often very isolated. Its inhabitants have difficulties in accessing basic health services, due to the great distance from the few existing health facilities in the area, which often offer poor quality medical care and in any case at unsustainable costs for most of the families.
To ensure that every family has access to essential care we are developing a new mobile clinic project to provide free primary-care and pediatric, obstetrics and gynecology health services for the most vulnerable children and women living in the communities of Kanina, Kisote, Mukoma and Tshala.
The mobile clinic, which will be set up on a 4×4 truck to be able to reach these underserved villages even when the roads are less practicable during rainy seasons, will visit each community every two weeks. The local health staff, consisting of 2 doctors, 2 nurses and a health assistant will be supported by an international staff that in addition to operating roles, will carry out training and sharing of best practices to improve primary health care capacities.
The mobile clinic will be able to monitor the health conditions of hundreds of women, children, mothers and their newborns, with follow-up care and specialist visits, and to refer the most serious and complicated cases to a hospital or other health facilities.
It will also help disseminate good practices relating to health, hygiene and Covid-19 prevention in the various communities and support childhood vaccination campaigns.