SETTING & CHALLENGE
The medical care in rural areas in the Western Cape region in South Africa - especially the treatment of farm workers - is mostly provided by the Mobile Clinics. These Mobile Clinics are equipped little vans without toilets and no air conditioning, each manned by two nurses that drive from farm to farm. Many of their patients are dealing with HIV and TBC or other chronical illnesses.
Most of the farmworkers cannot afford to lose their daily wage of approximately 8€ to take the time to visit the local hospital, nor can they afford public transportation. The Mobile Clinics get to visit every farm approximately once a month.
Since the nurses cannot predict the number of patients they are going to treat at every stop and since the road conditions are sometimes extremely bad, they can not say far in advance at what time they will arrive at the next stop. Therefore they often lose large amounts of time searching or waiting for their patients.