June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Community Engagement Division
24.236.1 - 24.236.9
Bringing Healthcare to Rural GhanaA mobile health clinic was designed and built through collaboration among the Pavlis Institutefor Global Technological Leadership (Pavlis Institute), the IBV (Biomedical Products for GlobalMarkets) Enterprise, and a mechanical engineering technology senior design team. The threeentities created a mobile clinic for people in the remote villages of Ghana who often lack themeans to visit healthcare centers in their region. A 12-passenger vehicle was retrofitted with awater supply system, auxiliary power system, lighting system, two jump seats, refrigeration,microscopes, EKG machine, centrifuge, generator, awning, and portable ultrasound. The vehiclewas shipped to Ghana and a team of undergraduate students from the Pavlis Institute traveled toGhana to facilitate the implementation of the mobile health clinic and collect data on clinic. Inthe first week of use, the clinic served 654 patients and it was found that 29% of patients hadtreatable malaria, among many other illnesses. Affordable mobile healthcare brought directly tothe people allowed medical teams to administer preventive care and treatment. If expanded,mobile healthcare could greatly reduce the number of preventable deaths in the future. There is agreat need and potential for mobile health clinics in Ghana. The team is currently looking atdeveloping a flexible modular medical equipment package that would be outfitted with donatedequipment and could be inserted into used vans that are readily available in Ghana. Thesemodular packages would have everything needed for diagnostics and treatment; several could befitted into shipping containers, which would greatly reduce the cost. The modular packageswould also contain first-aid equipment since it was found that there was a lack of first-aidknowledge and application. In the future, vehicles in Ghana and similar countries could beoutfitted with modular packages, providing affordable healthcare to millions of those currently inneed.
Kubicki, A., & Lynch, L. L., & Warrington, R. O. (2014, June), Bringing Healthcare to Rural Ghana: The Impact on Engineerin Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20127
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