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Camel Mobile Clinic Using Solar Power

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A system for transporting medicine to remote African communities blends affordable technologies with advanced engineering and design.

Some of the African country’s camels are carrying the solar-powered mini fridges on their backs as part of a test project that uses camels as mobile health clinics. Organizers hope the eco-friendly transport system will provide a cheap, reliable way of getting much-needed medicines and vaccines to rural communities

The Laikipia and Samburu districts in Kenya are isolated regions populated largely by nomadic peoples. The terrain is harsh and inhospitable, with few roadways, making travel difficult from urban centers. The local population, of around 500,000, suffers from high rates of illiteracy and poor health care. For the past decade, the Kenyan-based Nomadic Communities Trust (NCT) has sent camel convoys — the most efficient and cost-effective means of transportation — to the region with medical supplies. But poor equipment (basically, wooden boxes tied to the camels with abrasive sisal rope) and lack of refrigeration meant that basic medicines such as vaccines could not be made available.

The project, which could be fully implemented in 2010 if necessary funding is secured, blends relatively affordable technologies with advanced engineering and design. It was devised with a budget of a few thousand dollars and staff from Art Center and Princeton, which was critical because the project was not selected to receive assistance from the World Bank. “We created this project without having to send a team of 20 people back and forth to Kenya for field research.

Source:  Change Observer

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