The goal of the Mobile Clinic is to improve the health of children by preventing disease and detecting and treating health problems early. By working with 72 schools in the Maara Sub-County, we effectively and efficiently reach approximately 20,000 children, and often reaching those whose parents might not otherwise seek out treatment.
The school-based mobile clinic provides preventative and curative health services for the most common childhood illnesses, health education, and patient advocacy and follow-up.
- Anemia screening
- Malaria tests & treatment
- HIV tests
- Upper respiratory exams & TB screening
- Blood pressure & blood glucose checks
- De-worming medication
- Wound care & first aid
- Eye exams
- Referrals to clinics & hospital
Between January 2014 and October 2014, the HopeCore team conducted 156 mobile clinics, treating 3,227 pupils (excluding deworming services) and 307 teachers, and deworming 5,197 pupils.
We begin each mobile clinic visit with several health education sessions to students and teachers. In 2014, the HopeCore team provided health education lectures to an average of 3,200 pupils per month. Health education is conducted by HopeCore’s trained health educator. Students are organized by classes into lower primary, upper primary, and secondary students so that each lecture is age-appropriate and targeted to a specific audience to maximize understanding and comprehension. The wide-ranging health curriculum includes hygiene and sanitation, nutrition, common diseases, malaria, and adolescence and sexuality.
Our current mobile clinic was just the beginning of our community health outreach program, we have continued to build and expand upon the clinics to include net distributions and regular deworming in the schools. In the future we hope to continue to expand and offer a range of services in the remote regions of our district with a comprehensive list of the services most needed by the community.