Posted by Liz Courtney on May 08, 2018
Rotary District 9970 has contributed, along with many other New Zealand Rotary clubs and districts, to the cost of a Mobile Health Clinic for Rarotonga. The specially fitted bus is being gifted to the people of Rarotonga by the Rotary Club of Masterson South, which developed and managed the $180,000 project.
In 2016 the Rotary Club of Rarotonga identified the need to refurbish 12 village-based health clinics that are part of a network of 27 health clinics around the island of Rarotonga.  Over the years the clinics have deteriorated for various reasons, particularly due to the island’s weather conditions.  A call was put out to the Rotary Clubs of New Zealand for help to find a solution and the Mobile Medical Health Unit was the result. The project has taken approximately two years to complete with an overall cost of $180,000.
 
The unit has many roles, primarily as a mobile health clinic for child and maternal care, immunisation and vaccinations, non-communicable diseases awareness programmes, elderly, disability and men’s health care, blood donation collection centre and antenatal checks.  It can also to be used as a command centre in an emergency.
 
The bus will be shipped to Rarotonga in time for the official handover on 18 June.