Transnet-Phelophepa is a healthcare clinic on wheels that travels into areas of rural South Africa, where there is just one doctor for every 5,000 patients, to provide healthcare. It comprises 18 coaches providing facilities to conduct general health, dental and eye checks in rural communities, and dispense treatments for diagnosed conditions. In addition to these general health services, individual counselling sessions and group workshops to help people cope with psychological issues such as stress and depression are offered.
The train also houses a special coach where education on general health issues including nutrition, hygiene and dental health can be provided to members of the local communities which the train visits. More specialist services have been introduced, including diabetes prevention, hypertension and cancer screening, with free pap smears and prostate screening now being provided in a tent set up on the train’s platform at some stops.
|Location||Southern Africa, South Africa|