The ITC has designed a fully portable medical clinic designed to work in some of the most inaccessible conditions in Africa (the “MediCart”). The MediCart is self-powered (solar and battery), has its own sterilisation equipment, own patient bed and seating for examinations, can accommodate one nurse/clinician with up to two patients at a time in complete privacy; and can be easily towed virtually anywhere using a bicycle or motorbike. The MediCart contains the basic layout of a clinic and also has it has its own telecommunications systems and computers which can be connected via GSM/Mobile Internet and/or radio in the case of requiring more advanced services of a remote doctor / real-time support from a local hospital. The MediCart is human-powered, can be taken “off-road”, is light-weight (less than 60 kilograms), yet can be folded out into a 9 foot long medical clinic which can be set up within 15 minutes – virtually anywhere.
The ITC is currently finalising discussions with several delivery partners in countries across Africa to pilot the MediCart as a method of delivering primary health care services to hundreds of rural communities who do not currently have any access to health local services.