The outreach programs are a core part of the trains design and functioning. Serving the purpose that not everybody can make it to the train, the outreach programs are teams of traveling nurses, doctors and educators that travel into the local areas surrounding the trains stops, bring primary health care to an even larger audience. Each clinic has it’s own outreach programs which in some cases see more patients than the train itself.
This program conducts workshops that reach approximately 7,000 adults educating them in alcohol and drug abuse, child discipline and HIV/AIDS. Community counseling workshops are also provided to approximately 20,000 children on topics relating to conflict resolution, teen-age pregnancy, career counseling, abuse and violence. The train’s psychologist and three master’s degree psychology students manage these workshops.
This Outreach Program consists of a dental educator, along with a final-year dentistry student, who visit-surrounding schools identified by the community, and offer oral hygiene education and toothpaste. The Colgate oral health Education and screening program hopes to screen and educate 66,000 primary and pre-school children and to provide them with toothbrushes and toothpaste.
This Outreach Program involves the resident optician, together with an optometry student, visiting surrounding primary schools selected by the community. Children with suspected eye problems undergo testing after which they are referred to the Phelophepa Train if they need further testing or spectacles. Future plans are being explored to transport as many children as possible to the train in order to undergo eye tests. The Eye Clinic Outreach Program intends to provide 5,000 children with spectacles.
National and International external donors contribute to the annual budget of the Phelophepa Train thereby enabling its staff to provide critical health services and supplies.
There are additional outreach programs that supplement the services the train provides. For example, the Health Clinic Outreach Program targets surrounding primary schools identified by the community as being in need and arranges visits by a chief professional nurse and two nursing students. Children are screened for health-related problems, with the goal to screen 10,000 of them for audiometric and health-related problems and to educate 16,000 children on basic health care and 13,000 children on diabetic conditions.