The artisanal mining communities 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 have developed a 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 four communities of Kanina, Kisote, Mukoma and Tshala.
The mobile clinic, inaugurated in March 2022, has been set up on a 4×4 truck to be able to reach these remote and underserved villages even when the roads are less practicable during rainy seasons. The local health staff, consisting of 2 doctors, 2 nurses and a health assistant is supported by an international staff who are carrying out on site training and sharing of best practices to improve primary health care capacities.
The mobile clinic, that will start full operations by the end of 2022, 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 the hospital or other health facilities in Kolwezi area.
It will also help disseminate good practices relating to health, hygiene and Covid-19 prevention in the various communities and support childhood vaccination campaigns.