‘The off road, high mobility, articulated clinic semi-trailer and 4×4 tractor’ is its real name but that is a bit of a mouthful, so I decided to call it ‘Off road clinic’ instead.
Off road trailers have been available for many years now but they are usually an encumbrance to the towing vehicle, whereas the articulated semi trailer applies weight to the driving wheels making it grip. It is this principle which allows greater weight to be placed on a small vehicle which in turn enhances its off road capabilities
The off road clinic was an idea born to address the need to provide essential healthcare services by reaching cut off tribes in Kenya and other remote communities around the world. The challenges of terrain, politics and commercialism have been major, but I’ve not allowed these to put me off nor dint my enthusiasm.
So here is how it came to be
Instead of throwing money at the situation, I thought that throwing me and my skills might be a better way to help. By offering to show locally affected people how to build mobile clinics, I thought I could show them how to do it for themselves , rather than actually giving them a clinic.
Here was my first disappointment. Focused on day to day survival, food being the major priority, I would have struggled to find anyone outside of the commercial world who would be willing and able to get involved. I listened to many people from many of the countries where I wanted to make the clinics available and wondered why they were not kicking my door down. They said, in summary, that the population could only care about this week, not what would be happening in 35 years’ time, the pressures of the present moment being too demanding.
So begrudgingly I fell back onto my commercial roots and decide to make the clinics here and ship them to the areas that needed them. It was a friendly voice in Kenya who mentioned to me that to the starving man a chicken coupe is more use than a clinic, and an unstaffed clinic vehicle could be turned into a chicken coupe very quickly. Not to be put off, it was back to the drawing board, and then – “Aha, light bulb!”, as Gru in ‘Despicable Me would say – this clinic could be offered to existing aid and government agencies to enhance existing operations. So on went the development and the first part of mission the became communication.
So I have developed the off road clinic as a commercially viable, fully functioning problem solver. All I need to do now is find out how to finance this idea for charitable purposes.
So here is what the project has to offer, all in one vehicle.
1. Mobile off road education facility
Enables health care practitioners and educators to introduce disease cause and prevention information the affected remote communities.
2. Mobile off road disease prevention facility
Test the bloods and report back quickly
3. Mobile off road health care, medicine and support facility.
Provide a quick and simple clinical inspection processes for general health. Provide medical supplies for assistance with general health. Provide antenatal care and education.
4. Mobile off road community access facility
Stitch all the lost communities back together again.
Raise the general level of public health, allowing more people to work and pay taxes, thus adding to the general wealth and population wellbeing of the countries concerned.
5. Mobile off road disaster recovery facility
Provide a disaster recovery vehicle which can be flown in at a moment’s notice.