Mobile Healthcare Field Clinics

Partnership objectives

  1. Reduce child mortality
  2. Improve maternal health

Medical professionals use a mobile healthcare van equipped with an examination table, medical apparatus and medicines. Medical professionals use a mobile healthcare van equipped with an examination table, medical apparatus and medicines. Copyright Daiichi Sanyko

What are the health needs and challenges?

Improving access to medical services is essential to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) such as reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. However, India is among the countries with the highest number of infant and maternal mortalities in the world, and Cameroon and Tanzania have some of the highest infant mortality rates and maternal mortality rates among developing countries in Africa. All three countries also confront the lack of easy access to healthcare services. In addition, medical facilities tend to be concentrated in urban regions, so access to medical care is a major problem in countries where roads and railways are not well developed.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

Daiichi Sankyo and Ranbaxy have started a synergistic initiative to sponsor mobile healthcare field clinics in India, Cameroon and Tanzania as part of their global social contribution activities. The initiative has been implemented in India through the “Ranbaxy Community Health Care Society,” a non-profit organization established by Ranbaxy, and in Cameroon and Tanzania through an international NGO, Plan, utilizing Ranbaxy’s accumulated and rich know-how and experience in providing mobile healthcare services.

A mobile healthcare van has medical equipment and supplies for basic medical care, immunizations, maternal & child health services, health education, etc. Making the most of its mobility, it can provide greater access to medical and primary healthcare and save many lives in areas that are far from regular healthcare facilities.

Lessons learned                     

Through the activities, it is recognized that mobile healthcare projects must consider local needs, such as the variety of the transportation means.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

In Cameron, the mobile health clinic has provided services to the regions of Bertoua, Bamenda, Biteng and Garoua. This includes child and maternal health services, providing children with vaccinations and training of community health workers to aid in the project.

In Tanzania, the project is conducted in Kisarawe, where the mobile health van visits 17 villages per month. In addition of mobile health services, the project organizes Health Days once every three months in the 76 targeted villages. Acitivities are mainly designed for mothers to learn about infant nutrition and to provide infants with check-ups and vaccinations.

In India, the mobile healthcare vans visit doctorless underserved villages to provide medical examinations and care for new born babies. The local health workers called ASHA also provide instructions on the importance of breastfeeding and nutrition.

Visit the following links for activity reports from India and Africa

Partnership information

Company(ies) Daiichi Sankyo

Partner(s) Plan International, Ranbaxy, Ranbaxy Community Healthcare Society (RCHS)

Type of Partner(s) Generic Manufacturers, NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Infectious Diseases, Women and Children's Health, Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Disease(s) Children's Health, Family Planning, Sexual & Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS, Malnutrition, Measles, Polio, Rubella, Women's Health

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Development of Physical Infrastructure, Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Targeted Population(s) Children, Mothers, People with low income, Women, Youth

Region(s) South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 3

Country(ies) Cameroon, India, Tanzania

Start Date 2011

More information Daiichi Sankyo Global Contributions

Anticipated completion date 2016

« Outreach brings primary health care towards the population. We are definitely sure that the package of health activities delivered will contribute to improve maternal and child health, thus reducing mortality rates among the target groups in the areas. »

Barro Famari, Country Director, Plan Cameroon