Two unique trains that operate as mobile healthcare hospitals, bringing much needed medical and educational services to impoverished rural areas of South Africa. With over 40 permanent staff and numerous volunteers, the train is more than a mobile hospital, it provides out-reach and educational programs and has thus far reached 23.5 million people since it rolled out in 1994, which makes it the worlds biggest mobile clinic.
Archbishop Desmond and Leah Tutu, as the longtime patrons of the Phelophepa Train, have been instrumental in bringing attention and support to the project. His Eminence and his wonderful wife, Leah, have worked long and hard to bring to life their fundamental belief that everyone deserves the blessing of what the word “Phelophepa” means — good, clean health!
“There is a train eagerly awaited by everyone fortunate enough to be on the line – The Phelophepa Train.
It is a powerful force for healing, change and development in the communities it touches”
– Kofi Annan –
The Eye Care clinic consists of pre-screening areas and refraction rooms, fully equipped with phoroptors, eye test projection charts and biomicroscopes.
Four pharmacists and their pharmacy students educate people, while the Roche-sponsored pharmacy dispenses a variety of prescriptions.
The Dental Clinic, partially sponsored by Colgate Palmolive Company, is equipped with six dental chairs, x-ray units and state-of-the-art dental equipment.
The EduClinic, sponsored by Canon Collins Trust, offers basic healthcare awareness education to volunteer members of the community.
The Health Clinic, sponsored by Roche Ltd., focuses on health education, the treatment of minor diseases like diabetes and also screens for cancer.
The Psychology Clinic offers solution-focused individual counseling as well as psycho-educational workshops. Over 440,000 have been treated.
Below are our corporate supporters. We are immensely proud to form partnerships with these companies and sincerely thank them for their ongoing support to help bring health care to millions of impoverished people.
“By delivering quality medical services, education and outreach programs to the “poorest of the poor” in South Africa’s remote rural areas, The Phelophepa Health Care train is a beacon for hope for the many people along its track”
– Bill Clinton –
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