Transnet-Phelophepa Healthcare Train

The Transnet-Phelophepa train aims to address this challenge by travelling to over 70 remote communities to bring healthcare services directly to the patients.

Transnet-Phelophepa Healthcare Train

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.

Partnership objectives:

  • Provide general healthcare, disease awareness, health education and counseling in rural areas of South Africa.
  • Help train local student doctors and nurses.


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Key Information

LocationSouthern Africa, South Africa
  • Start Date 1994