Mobile health services
The proposal is to pilot the provision of mobile health services for the remote and scattered population of the Central African Republic to establish an efficient approach to healthcare using remote connectivity and modern technologies. The pilot would build on ongoing hospital rehabilitation projects supported by international organisations, including the World Bank. The project is strongly endorsed by the Vatican and backed by the CAR Government, which sees it as part of rehabilitating and developing the overall healthcare system.
An efficient approach to healthcare
The mobile units involved would be both trucks and boats, equipped as mini-hospitals. The sustainability of the project will be enhanced by the strong emphasis on capacity-building at local level in an ad hoc training centre.
The humanitarian goals
Of particular note, the pilot will place an emphasis on the meaningful participation of women in the provision of mobile health service by: (i) proactively recruiting and maximizing the employment and engagement of women in the project; (ii) focusing the training on the specific needs of women and girls in humanitarian settings, including the training of women in the community as midwives; and (iii) collecting and segregating data based on gender to target overall healthcare efforts and policies towards woman and child health.