Mobile Schools Health offers a simple, yet effective, solution to a complex problem. With our high tech mobile clinics, we provide quality preventative healthcare to thousands of children between the ages of 6 and 13 each year.
It is estimated that of the 2,2 billion children in the world, 1 billion live in poverty, and 270 million (or one in every seven) are without access to health care.
We focus on taking preventative healthcare to schoolgoing children, allowing for early detection and correction of simple health errors before they become disabling matters. The three main areas of care that are currently provided on Mobile Schools Health vehicles are optometry, primary healthcare and dentistry. These solutions have been developed in line with government policy, covering objectives raised in the ‘Integrated Schools Health Programme’ spearheaded by the South African Department of Health. Learners receive all three of these treatments for a total cost of $48 per learner.
2,5 billion people, 80% of whom are in the developing world, are living with poor vision unnecessarily because they do not have corrective eyewear. Around 19 million children are visually impaired and out of this, 12 million are due to refractive errors. These issues can be easily corrected with a pair of glasses. It’s a situation that is not only robbing children across the world of education and better livelihoods but is also costing the global economy millions.
Research has shown that up to 80% of learning take place through vision so children with impaired vision and no glasses are at a great disadvantage when it comes to education. Correcting these children’s vision with properly prescribed glasses makes an immediate and lasting impact as it improves learning and has a bigger impact on academic performance than any other health intervention.
MSH’s qualified optometrists perform comprehensive eye and vision examinations. Medication administered is needed and glasses are prescribed and dispensed within two weeks for those that require them.
Primary Health Care
In order for learners to achieve their potential they must be healthy, attentive and emotionally secure. Hundreds of thousands of South African children are behind, or have not yet received basic vaccinations and general healthcare. 2,2 million children die each year because they are not immunised.
Our primary healthcare nurse performs screenings which include monitoring of growth and nutrition, fine and gross motor skills, immunisations, deworming etc. on fully equipped mobile clinics.
60% to 80% of school going children are affected by tooth decay. Our main focus is on preventive dentistry such as administering fissure sealants that reduce the risk of decay and cavities. This ultimately reduces the number of invasive treatments, such as extractions, required at a later stage in learners’ lives.
Qualified oral hygienists on our mobile clinics provide extensive oral health education, scaling and polishing, fluoride treatments and fissure sealants. In rural areas, qualified dentists are available on the mobiles to perform any necessary extractions or advanced treatments.