Solar-powered Mobile Clinics to Boost Rural Health Care in Africa
One recently launched new solution is a solarpowered mobile health clinic that is bringing 21st-century medical diagnostic services to rural areas.
The US$250,000 Solar Powered Health Centre has been built by the Korean technology company Samsung.
A truck packed with medical equipment that draws electricity from solar panels is travelling to rural, underserved parts of sub-saharan Africa. The truck is seven metres in length and comes packed with medical goods, including a fully equipped eye and blood clinic and a dental surgery. It hopes to make it easier to reach the six in 10 residents of sub-saharan Africa who live in rural areas and who are often very far from affordable medical services.
Samsung hopes to scale the initiative to a million people in Africa by 2015.
“This experience has shown us how desperately medical treatment is needed across the continent and inspired us to develop a sustainable and innovative solution to reach the people who need it most,” said Ntutule Tshenye, Business-to-government and Corporate Citizenship Lead for Samsung Africa. “While our CSR [corporate social responsibility] strategy in Africa is largely focused on education, our efforts to enrich lives will not be felt if people’s basic needs, such as access to health care, are not met.” – (August 2013)
Samsung’s solar-powered classroom.