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The future of Zambia’s health care on wheels

 Street News Service 30 January 2019

In a country where the majority of people live hours from the nearest hospital and most doctors are concentrated in the capital, mobile health facilities seem like a good idea. But the Zambian government’s prestigious mobile hospitals, bought only months ago for 53 million dollars, faced fierce criticism and are now literally parked away. (1154 Words) - By Jorrit Meulenbeek

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Patients queue up to be seen by volunteer doctors and nurses at a mobile clinic, operated by Doctors Outreach Care International in Ndola, Zambia.Photo: Jorrit Meulenbeek

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Volunteer doctors and nursing students distribute medication from a mobile clinic in Ndola, Zambia.Photo: Jorrit Meulenbeek

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One of the doctors examines a child outside the mobile clinic operated by Doctors Outreach Care International in Ndola, Zambia.Photo: Jorrit Meulenbeek

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Volunteer doctors and nursing students distribute medication from a mobile clinic in Ndola, Zambia.Photo: Jorrit Meulenbeek

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Doctor Brian Malao talking to a patient outside the mobile clinic operated by Doctors Outreach Care International in Ndola, Zambia.Photo: Jorrit Meulenbeek

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A nurse gives instructions to a patient about the medication she is about to be given from the back of a mobile clinic truck in Ndola, Zambia.Photo: Jorrit Meulenbeek

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Nursing students prepare medication for distribution inside a mobile clinic operated by Doctors Outreach Care International in Ndola, Zambia.Photo: Jorrit Meulenbeek

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A volunteer doctor takes the details of a mother and her sick child outside a mobile clinic in Ndola, Zambia.Photo: Jorrit Meulenbeek

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Patients queue up to be seen by volunteer doctors and nurses at a mobile clinic, operated by Doctors Outreach Care International in Ndola, Zambia.Photo: Jorrit Meulenbeek

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A volunteer nurse gives instructions to two young patients about the medication they are about to be given from the back of a mobile clinic truck in Ndola, Zambia.Photo: Jorrit Meulenbeek

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A volunteer doctor discusses the condition of a sick child with its mother, outside a mobile clinic operated by Doctors Outreach Care International in Ndola, Zambia.Photo: Jorrit Meulenbeek

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Nursing students prepare medication for distribution inside a mobile clinic operated by Doctors Outreach Care International in Ndola, Zambia.Photo: Jorrit Meulenbeek

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The mobile clinic operated by Doctors Outreach Care International in Zambia consists of a single truck, specially adapted for this purpose. It was donated by cement company Lafarge, which also provides a driver and pays for the necessary drugs.Photo: Jorrit Meulenbeek

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Volunteers packing up a mobile clinic after they have attended to patients in Ndola, Zambia.Photo: Jorrit Meulenbeek

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Mobile hospital trucks gathering dust in the parking lot at Ndola Central Hospital, Zambia, where they have been parked since August, only months after they were bought by the previous government using a 53 million Dollar loan from a Chinese bank.Photo: Jorrit Meulenbeek


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