Portable ‘Clinic In A Can’ Brings HOPE to Communities Fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone
I am thrilled to report that four "Clinic In A Can" units have safely arrived in Sierra Leone.
By: Carrie Jo Cain, World Hope International (Project HOPE's Partner in Sierra Leone)
Posted: June 9, 2015
I’m thrilled to report that four Clinic In A Can units have safely arrived in Sierra Leone, and the crane is working overtime to place these portable medical units precisely in place to serve communities here. People in Sierra Leone are truly excited and grateful to have these solar-paneled portable medical clinics, which were created by the Kansas-based nonprofit, Clinic In A Can. The clinics use solar power energy as their primary energy source and can fit into shipping containers for transport to developing countries.
They have just arrived from the U.S., and we are managing a few challenges here and there to ensure they will all be permanently placed in the Bombali, Koinadugu, Tambaka Chiefdom, and Kambia districts, where some communities are still experiencing outbreaks of Ebola. The portable clinics are a great solution to support the country’s rudimentary health infrastructure, which has struggled to treat Ebola victims and to properly enforce isolation protocols for people who may be infected. More than 11,160 people have died in this health crisis in West Africa so far, and over 3,900 deaths occurred in Sierra Leone. The GE Foundation funded one of the units in collaboration with Project HOPE to support communities still at risk.