The Maasai Evangelistic Association Medical Services is designed to help alleviate the health status of the Maasai community. The Mobile Clinic that MEA run in the remote villages of Maasai land bring closer to the Maasai people essential health services and reduce health risks and loss of life as a result of lack of medical facilities in these villages.
Due to this fact and coupled with poor infrastructure scores of patients die on the way to hospital and many expectant mothers deliver on their way to maternity wards that are far away. The more we run these Mobile clinics in the rural part of Maasailand, child mortality rate is reduced to negligible level due to provision of this service closer to the people. Loss of life due to snake bites, lack of drugs, distance to health facilities are reduced to a minimum.
As stated above in many remote areas of the Maasailand, Medical care is a scarce and inhabitants are forced to walk long distances to get any kind of basic medical treatment. Mortality and mobidity rates are high most resulting from preventable illnesses. The goal of MEA Medical services is to bring service provision closer to the maasai people and combine it with community education, thus preventing mortality through knowledge, community development, skill building and increased medical care access.
The mission statement for this programme is to create a model for self sustainability, community based provision of immediate health service in partnership with preventive and educational strategies for the promotion of general well-being and empowerment of remote and hard to reach population.
The Clinics will also serve as a hosting site for mobile and remote areas Medical teams, striving to reach distant communities with Medical care, education and resources and encourage innovation and advancement of the clinical model, as well as providing a site for research and scientific inquiry.
These positions are open to all medical professionals from a variety of fields. Emphasis is on public health, community education and development, and tropical/equatorial medicine. Medical teams are invited to use the presently set up guidelines and facilities to provide community care, assist in public health education and perform remote area medicine by way of mobile clinics.
For an international student clinician, the clinics provide an opportunity
for a valuable learning experience and on-site supervision. Students may elect to participate in one time visit or stay for a semester (3-6 months). As the teaching program develops, the scope of the mobile clinics may enlarge on a case by case basis, providing travel and wide range of clinical experience to the students, as well as minimal language and culture instruction (including a pre-scheduled social trip).
MOBILE CLICNINC ORGANIZATION, STRATEGY AND STAFF
Each Mobile Clinic is to be organized following a pre-designated plan of action, described herein. One vehicle will be used (preferable a large multi-terrain vehicle) with enough spaces for the clinic Volunteers supplies. Additional means of transport may be added if the visiting group is present. The pharmacy for each mobile clinic is to be organized in the same manner, pre-approved medications are to be pre-dispensed and grouped together with an overstock container (to be left in the vehicle). The proposed grouping of medication are antibiotics (variety of dosages and type), anti-material (dosages and variety of medications), skin care (involving infections, fungus, other), first aid (emergency case including epinephrine, IV drip, anti-venom, etc), Field suturing and wound care, ear/nose/throat, vitamins/minerals/supplements, field test kits, chronic disease care, (donation medications), other.
The Volunteers, including an education module team, are to be organized in the same manner in each mobile clinic. There will be a treatment team, consisting of any physician, clinical officer and or nurse available. If the treatment team is made up of visiting physician/clinicians these persons are to be paired up with resident professionals in order to combine treatment plan and/or translation unless deemed better otherwise on a case by case basis. For example, if the visiting physician is comfortable with tropical medicine and is familiar with mobile clinics, that person may only require translation and thus a resident expert may create a separate treatment unit.
In addition to the treatment teams, there will be one designated crowd controller responsible for organization and queue maintenance of the crowds only one patient to be seen at the time and partitioning the crowd into designated and/or described areas. In addition to these two sections, there will be a concurrent educational presentation run by two individuals promoting community awareness and empowerment through short presentations (using any tools and resources available, such as audio-visual, pantomime, performance, charts, illustrations, cases) and questions/ answer sessions. The presentations created concurrently repetition and easily understood and integrated material.
We welcome any medical volunteers to partner with us in our mobile clinics programme. Please click here if you are interested to join us by giving free medical services to the maasai people here in east Africa.