Dunavant mobile clinic
Country of Operation
- Dunavant Uganda LimitedFor-profit
- International Hospital KampalaNot-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
SummaryThe program operates a mobile clinic van that travels deep inside the villages taking medical services to over 50,000 people in the districts of Pader, Kitgum and Lira that have been affected by insurgency.
Since the end of the insurgency in Northern Uganda, people who have been living in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps are now returning to their villages, which are quite far from the urban centres and the returnees spend most of the time farming. In the camps, medical treatment was more readily accessible than it is now since most people are in the rural areas and health services are mostly offered in the urban areas.
Key program components
Dunavant, an organization that owns organic cotton farms in the region, has taken an initiative to run a mobile clinic to offer healthcare to the farmers and their families (most of whom have recently returned to the villages after many years in IDP camps), many of whom have no access to urban health care facilities. The program provides health services to returnees from IDP camps, including medical treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria, diarrhea, as well as other diseases. The program is also looking to continuously increase the number of trucks operating as mobile clinics to treat farmers and natives in the rural areas of Pader, Kitgum and Lira districts. Local permanent medical workers are trained to operate in a team and run a mobile medical van that includes a doctor, laboratory technician and nurses. The project partners supply the medical staff and equip them with drugs and necessary logistics to diagnose, vaccinate, carry out voluntary counseling and testing and antiviral treatment as needed, as well as distribute mosquito nets.