US Doctors for Africa specifically committed to deploying 200 'Mobile Clinics' and 2000 volunteer medical
professionals throughout sub-Saharan African countries by 2011. This initiative includes revitalizing existing health infrastructure by renovating and adding a total of 100 health centers.
The commitment seeks to deploy 30 mobile clinics in its first year, with the goal of training more than 500 local medical professionals, and enabling more than 500 medical volunteers from the international community to provide medical, social, and educational services to the citizens of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Each Mobile Clinic will be properly equipped with full medical testing and examining facilities including the latest technology such as Satellite communication tools, solar-chargeable lap-tops, live video conferencing, patient care facilities, and health teaching materials. The 'Mobile Clinics' have the capacity to relocate without any major logistical difficulties, allowing for increased patient care. Also, the clinics will enable USDFA to treat several thousand patients every month as well as train thousands of new 'local' medical professionals.
The following steps will be undertaken in each country of operation:
- Establish working agreement and in-country partners.
- Define process and selecting criteria for project sites.
- Identify on the ground health center for renovation or new construction
- Identify highly affected areas and less accessible for health services
- Launch construction and Mobile Clinic deployment
- Monitor and evaluate projects to measure impact, respond to the needs of the community, and report results to donors and local decision makers.
Tackling preventable diseases such as TB and malaria depends upon rebuilding systems and revamping capacity to deliver public health services. One of the obstacles for medical professionals face in Africa is lack of adequately equipped facilities.
Project 'Mobile Clinic - Africa' committed to manage the growing demand for fully equipped medical facilities as well as the medical staff needed to help treat millions of Africans. Priority has been given to scaling up services needed to deal with the HIV and AIDS catastrophe which is killing more people in Africa than anywhere else in the world.
US Doctors For Africa is best positioned to bring meaningful contribution to Africa's major infectious disease challenges based on its reputation, large network of volunteer Doctors and medical professionals, and state of the art Epidemiological Information System for tracking and isolating infectious diseases.
July 9, 2008
Implementation Period: October 2007
The commitment's first mobile clinic was completed in Ethiopia.