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On August 15th, 2009, a health fair took place in Quelimane, Mozambique, for the first time to help educate people about their health.
, affiliated with Vanderbilt University, debuted the RMF Mobile Clinic at the fair as an opportunity to witness its capabilities. It was the first time that the Mobile Clinic has been used and at the end of the day nearly 500 people had passed through its doors.
Largo Winch release As for the results of those treated: of 463 people only 77 had high blood pressure; of 95 tested for HIV, only 13 were HIV positive; 305 people were given information about breast cancer awareness and prevention.
“The Mobile Clinic potentially consists of an extremely versatile platform conceptualized to bring health services directly to remote communities in rural Zambézia. The Mobile Clinic will provide testing and treatment for HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria in addition to primary health care services, as well health education programs and prevention messages.” (Click here for a full report and photos: FGH’s full report)
For more information about the Mobile Clinic, please visit the initiative page
The following has been taken from Drought, death grips Kenyan heartland, by David McKenzie, CNN:
September 2, 2009
For as long as anyone cares to remember, the pastoralists of Kenya’s Rift Valley have fled with their herds to the fertile slopes of Mount Kenya when times are tough. When the rains failed this year they set off once again in search of water and pasture — but they found only despair.
Across the folds of this mountain everyone has the same story. Hundreds of dead cattle dot the forests, young herdsmen try to coax ailing calves onto their feet, knowing that if they don’t get up they will die.
Millions of Kenyans are facing the same stark reality. The World Food Program (WFP) says that, together with the Kenyan government, they will need to feed 3.8 million people across the country.
download The Banger Sisters dvd “We are facing a really difficult situation. We realize that the world economic crisis has affected the amount that countries can give to us,” says WFP spokesperson Gabrielle Menezes, “But at the same time we are seeing an awful situation in Kenya. If we don’t start feeding people now things are only going to get worse.”
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