The fully equipped Phelophepa Health Train, an initiative of the Transnet Foundation, will be stationed at the Swartkops Station from 26 January until 6 February to provide healthcare services to impoverished residents from Nelson Mandela Bay.
The first Phelophepa coach – recipient of the United Nations Public Service Award in the “Improving Service Delivery” category in June 2008 – made its way to awaiting patients in rural South Africa in 1994 as a three-carriage eye clinic. The project developed to two custom-built eighteen-carriage trains equipped with modern medical equipment.
Known as the miracle train, Phelophepa provides vision screening programmes, health, oral, dental care, screening for diabetes and cancer, psychological counselling services, basic health education awareness and community counselling workshops, amongst others, are provided on a daily basis.
Since the Phelophepa Train can only be in an area for a limited period, teams are sent out in the community to market the facility prior to entering an area with the intention to complement and support existing facilities.
The public is advised that services will be provided between 07:00 and 16:00 from Monday to Thursday, and from 07:30 to 12:00 on a Friday. The train is not open during weekends.
The Phelophepa Health Train – the world’s first primary healthcare hospital on wheels – uses the existing rail network to make quality medical care an accessible reality for many of South Africa’s most remote communities.
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