Moving the Clinic
The vehicle design concept is to reuse the chassis of the Citroen 2CV - MEHARI, a design developed in the 70s specifically for doctors. It is equipped with 2 engines, one at the front and one at the back, that can also be used as electrical generators for the medical equipment.
The proposed concept of ‘car and trailer’ gives the best articulation and stability over a variety of terrain.
The Citroen 2CV - MEHARI chassis will be used for both the ‘car and trailer'. The ‘ trailer’ will house the mobile clinic supported on this chassis which will carry 2 water tanks and 3 back up batteries for the medical facilities.
The added value of using an existing chassis is economy of cost and time.
Building the Clinic
The clinic shell is manufactured using vacuum forming technology. This gives strength and can be moulded to provide integrated fixings and effective storage for medical equipment. This manufacturing process is low tech and suitable for developping countries and could bring economic development to Sub-Saharan Africa.
The frame is made out of aluminium. The fibreglass panels are fixed onto this frame. Telescopic aluminium frames extent out to support and guide pleated tent fabric that forms the roof and walls of the clinic and education area. The clinic can be set up quickly and efficiently.
Using the Clinic
The patient walks into the reception area where he/she is met and registered by one of the medical staff. From there they will be directed to the appropriate area of treatment. The clinic concept uses an optimum ‘flow through’ system : reception, registration, examination (testing, diagnosis, minor surgery) and follow-up treatment.
The mobile clinic is designed as a multifaceted concept that adresses requirements of functionality, buildability, durability, and economic feasibility, with the intention to provide a sympathetic, positive and effective scheme to help the AIDS/HIV patients of Sub-Saharan Africa.