The Mobile Clinic vehicle, custom built in South Africa on a mid sized truck frame, operates as a “mini-health clinic on wheels” and provides an extremely versatile and flexible platform to provide primary healthcare services, education, and counseling. Since its inception in 2008, our Mobile Clinic has been hugely successful and remains the only mobile clinic in all of Mozambique. A collaboration between RMF, Vanderbilt University’s Friends in Global Health, and Medical Mission International, the clinic is currently deployed in one of the most populous provinces of Mozambique, Zambézia Province, located in the central coastal region with a population of almost 4 million.
The main goal of the clinic is to improve the quality of life and provide access to health services, particularly access to maternal-child health care and anti-retroviral therapy (ART) for people living with HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, and other diseases. Secondarily, the clinic provides access to health care in remote areas of Zambézia Province, Mozambique. Last, but not least, the mobile clinic works to reinforce the expansion of HIV care and treatment services initiated by the Zambézia Provincial Health Directorate (DPS) by providing temporary reinforcement in terms of staff, training, and space for peripheral health units initiating implementation of ART until the DPS can organize the infrastructure and resources necessary for these sites to function independently.
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