Even if the day comes that every community in Africa is now equipped with functional primary healthcare centers; that would still not be enough. “Sensitisation” on the importance of taking personal responsibility for one’s own health stands tall among the many challenges faced at grassroots healthcare in Africa. For a serious turnaround to happen in primary healthcare in Africa, the service ratio must be 80% for taking healthcare to the people and only 20% as to waiting for the people to come to us at the healthcare center. At least, that should be the pattern until such a time that enough awareness for the importance of taking responsibility for personal health management has been achieved. And that’s not all, we think, as much as 70% of medical services should be sensitisation on how personal health works, while just 30% for treatment, in the foreseeable future.
Shifting the primary healthcare service ratio to 80% for taking healthcare to the people and only 20% for expecting individuals to visit healthcare centers emphasizes the proactive approach to healthcare in Africa. This model focuses on extensive sensitization efforts to raise awareness about personal health management and the importance of taking responsibility for one's health. By prioritizing community outreach and education, this approach aims to empower individuals to actively engage in their own healthcare. Additionally, the emphasis on sensitization for personal health management underscores the significance of preventive healthcare practices over treatment, reflecting a holistic and proactive healthcare strategy.
For the above reasons, mobile clinic outreach services constitute an integral part of PDI’s grassroots healthcare delivery. In the order of priority, below are the services we have set out to achieve under the PDI Mobile Clinic Outreach.