So­lar-pow­ered Mo­bile Clin­ics to Boost Ru­ral Health Care in Africa

Southern Innovator - - WASTE & RECYCLING -

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)

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Sam­sung’s so­lar-pow­ered class­room.

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