About the MediCart Project
Originally conceived in 2014 in response to the Ebola crisis, the MediCart is a Corporate Social Responsibility Project of the International Trade Council.
Medical Disaster Response
As record numbers of people are displaced by disaster and conflict, the humanitarian community faces increasing challenges.
The MediCart is designed to be used in the provision of front-line medical assistance to victims of disasters. It is set up for the provision of emergency healthcare services, field triage and tele-medicine. The MediCart can also be used as a communications base for coordination with other agencies.
The low cost ($12,000 USD compared to $80,000 USD upwards for traditional mobile clinics) and ease of transportation of the MediCart make it ideal for use in inaccessible locations and/or mass casualty incidents; particularly in developing countries.
Rural poverty accounts for nearly 63 percent of poverty worldwide, reaching 90 percent in some countries like Bangladesh and between 65 and 90 percent in sub-Saharan Africa.
Health centres and infirmaries are located mostly in urban regions, whereas rural areas lack even basic medical care. Available medical instruments are often malfunctioning caused by unstable power supply and lacking access to clean water. A poorly developed infrastructure prevents access, especially, to the rural population. Consequently, even harmless illnesses and injuries can turn into lethal threats through those restrictions.
The MediCart is set up in such a way that it is able to provide synchronized health service delivery including clinical consultations, ante-natal care, dispensing medicines, HIV counselling/testing, immunizations and health education.
In low and middle income countries where capacity and administrative problems with the collection of health data are common, surveys are often the only way to collect reliable data.
In the context of poor research infrastructure and of increasing demands for large scale health surveys, the importance of an affordable, off-road, easily transportable, self-contained and mobile clinic which can be used as a base for data collection can not be under-valued.
The MediCart also has tele-medicine facilities and has electronic record keeping software tools designed to ensure that patient information is able to be retrieved on subsequent visits and/or shared with appropriate medical facilities and government agencies if required.