Mobile Community Outreach
Improving Access to Care for the Underserved
84% of Malawians live in rural areas, patients living in these areas suffer from limited care access and other socioeconomic barriers to healthcare. Wandikweza mobile health clinics are changing that, driving better patient access to care by pulling right into a patient’s neighborhood. Wandikweza mobile health clinic is a basic clinician's office or exam room located in each of our two medical vans.
We travel to medically underserved areas to help connect patients to care when patients would have otherwise gone without care. The mobile health clinic is our tool to reach our otherwise unreachable patient populations. We believe everyone in Malawi should have access to high-quality health care when they need it.
Wandikweza runs the mobile health clinics in remote areas of Dowa as an entry point to health care. Using medical vans, we physically drive into communities, where we inspire people to take more charge of their own health.
In collaboration with government nurses, clinicians, midwives, and community health workers, we conduct eight mobile clinics a month in different villages. The clinics offer general consultation for all types of diseases in adults. We provide antenatal services for pregnant women, immunization and growth monitoring for children under 5, family planning for women of childbearing age, HIV testing and counseling, and malaria rapid test. Medication prescriptions and distributions are part of the mobile clinic process as well.
During the clinics, children under five have their weight, temperature and height recorded, as well as receiving a general check-up to monitor any skin infections, malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia, or other signs of illness they may have. We also teach the local community about important health issues, such as first aid, hygiene, malaria, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and blood pressure.
To provide accessible health care services for vulnerable populations by reducing traditional barriers to access (e.g., transportation, time constraints, distrust of health care system)