Friday, April 19, 2013

Blog 10: Mobile Health

The article’s main focus is one company’s goal to try and help the African people in their need for basic health care.  Samsung, an global electronics leader based out of South Korea, it typically thought of providing high quality televisions and the latest in mobile phones or tablets, has recently introduced a mobile, solar powered medical clinic.  This clinic, currently based in South Africa, is focused on providing some basic, more preventative, health needs to the more rural areas of the country.  “The 7m long truck contains ear, dental, and eye clinics and a mini laboratory where blood analyses can be done.”  The types of tests that can be conducted are those that can identify some of the most serious health conditions that Africans face like malaria, HIV/AIDS, and more recently is increased blood pressure.  The seemingly only downfall to the mobile clinic is its inability to fulfill any medical prescriptions that are needed, forcing the individual to travel to a government, or private, medical facility to receive the medications.  Samsung’s solar powered medical clinic provides these services as well as keeping emissions down, and enabling a learning environment for those waiting to be seen by a certain medical service.  “The vehicle cost Samsung R2.25-million (US$250 000), with equipment and medicines paid for by the company, in consultation with the departments of Health and Social Development, NGOs, pharmaceutical companies and universities to help funding”.  This solar mobile clinic has the ability to evaluate health concerns to up to 300 people per day, which is the initial step in obtaining Samsung’s goal of reaching 5 million lives by 2015.  This, no doubt, will happen with its plans to expand its territory into East and West Africa.

It is going to take private corporations like Samsung working in conjunction with local, and national, governments to be able to provide some of the more basic needs that everybody deserves.  The article did continue to speak of other contributions that the Samsung Corporation takes part in, like mobile education centers capable of utilizing easy-to-use modern technology in providing education at all levels to those in the rural parts of Africa.  Also, Samsung supports an Electronics Engineering Academy in multiple countries on the African continent to educated and certify over 10,000 electronics engineers by 2015.  This is truly a corporation that not only sees the inequality gap that has been created between many of the African countries and the remainder of the world, but a corporation that is actually doing something about it, and not only in just one aspect.  The concept that both health and education are inseparably joined is why the two are attacked at the same time, “if a child cannot hear or see properly, they can't learn properly".  This is what should be the philosophy of every country throughout the world.  The future is in the next generation of people, not the one that is currently living.  I know that is redundant, but it is true.  If, on a global scale, both health and education are not seen as interrelated, particularly for those that are kids, then society will cease to exist, and so will the human population.

Matt Partridge

04/19/2013 at 4:25 pm

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