Regains 37 under its not for profit smart health focused project, unveiled its locally repurposed mobile clinics named ZimbosAbantu Healthcare On Wheels,an initiative launched less than a year ago.
Chiedza Mushawedu,.the ZimbosAbantu Healthcare Trust MD, said that the initiative was meant to bridge the healthcare gap in Zimbabwe by providing mobile clinical services to the marginalized communities in the country.
“As ZimbosAbantu Healthcare On Wheels,we saw a gap and took a step forward in trying to complement and support our ministry of health and child care initiative in addressing the quality of health and service delivery in the marginalized communities of our country and repurposed a first of its kind wind and soar powered mobile clinic,”she said.
Regain37 is currently operating Zimbabwe’s first locally built mobile health clinics equipped from funds sourced by the Australian Embassy through their Direct Aid Program .The mobile clinics are powered by solar and wind energy and are fully equipped with basic medical supplies.
Chiedza thanked the Australian Embassy for their unwavering support through their Direct Aid Program which has necessitated the acquisition of more vans to ensure that the initiative has a wide reach.
“To date with the support of our esteemed partners,the Australian Embassy we have equipped and upscaled to 4 mobile clinics better known as makombi by ordinary Zimbabweans and we thank the Ambassador for the rare opportunity,”added Chiedza.
The solar powered ZimbosAbantu mobile vaccines cold chain generates 1.5KVa which enables a 190L vaccine freezer, temperature of up to -37 Degree Celsius to work on the go in areas without electricity .
To date 22 000 people mostly women and children have benefited from this initiative, with the largest impact during vaccination campaigns for COVID 19, TCV, HPV in collaboration with Makumbe District Hospital.
The Australian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Bronte Moules, went on to emphasize the need for every Zimbabwean to work harder to compliment the government efforts.She reinforced the “Success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration” mantra.
In a speech read on his behalf, Dr. P. M. Mbizvo, the Medical Director of the project, also celebrated the success, as a champion for inclusive health solutions.
“I’m very happy and feel humbled and privileged to be a part of this new initiative which will be a very big step in our attempt to reach the marginalized members of our community with quality healthcare,” Dr Mbizvo said.