Fact File

Since January 1994

  • The Phelophepa operates for 37 weeks a year.
  • The train utilizes and supports existing primary health care services through referral to the nearest local clinic, hospital, social  worker or doctor.
  • Since inception in 1994, a total of 452,657 patients have been treated  in the various clinics on board the train and have received health education.
  • Added to this, since inception in 1994, millions of individuals have been reached through our school screening; health education and counseling workshops outreach programs conducted off site from the train.
  • The Phelophepa is 14173.2 feet long and weighs just over 600 tons.
  • The train is also equipped with a state-of-the-art kitchen and has a capacity to prepare 220 meals per day for the workers and volunteers.
  • The satellite communications network on board includes telephones, fax machines, e-mail and card pay phones (both satellite and cellular) for the students and staff. We hope to build a new partnership with IT expertise, which would be invaluable in helping the train serve thousands more.

Since 1995:

  • 595,961 children have been screened and educated.
  • 6,679 local volunteers have completed our 5-day CCETSA sponsored Basic Health Education Program.
  • More than 7,000 students have done voluntary work on the train.
  • Our Info shop agents market the train’s visit to the communities and they have already traveled more than 223,694 miles.

Since 2002:

  • A total of 1,448 Edu-Clinic volunteers have successfully completed the Home Based Care program offered by The Order of St John in partnership with Phelophepa Train.
  • 150,221 individuals have been reached in the Eastern Cape with the Canon Collins Education Trust of Southern Africa sponsorships.
  • The One-to-One Children’s Fund sponsored the HIV/Aids Educational campaign.

Annually – during a period of 37 weeks:

  • More than 45, 000 patients, in the most remote and rural areas in the country, register at the train for treatment in the various clinics (annually).
  • Almost 60,000 meals are prepared on board the train for staff and students.
  • More than 9320 miles of railway tracks are covered.
  • Approximately 30,888 gallons of diesel/fuel are used – including when the train is stationary. Since 1994, the two Cummins diesel engines in the power car have completed 60,000 hours of combined continuous service. If installed in a truck doing 50 miles per hour, this translates to well over 2.8 million miles traveled.
  • Every week, for 37 weeks a year, approximately $6,600 is spent in the local village on food purchases.
  • Approximately $2,500 is paid out in wages to local temporary employees.

Note: With the launch of a second mobile health care train on March 12, 2012 the service delivery to the rural communities will double.


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