For the past four years young medical professionals and students have been providing free wound care services and associated illness treatments to street-connected children through weekly outreach programs in a small 3 by 3 meters tent, bridging the unbearable gap in healthcare services among most vulnerable groups. In more than 2000 cases we have provided a community based first emergency care service, offering free basic first aid, meal, etc.
Two years ago we isolated multi drug resistant bacteria on a wound of street connected boy (12 years) sustained injury on foot post road traffic accident. In this and other medical cases we found that our limited resources such as lack of laboratory investigation, storage for surgical/medical supplies, space for medical procedures are seriously impairing the medical management of patients, causing delay in the healing process as well as reducing the number of attended patients to a minimum.
We are envisaging a health dispensary which will be key to ensure we practice street medicine in our setting through early intervention of diseases at no cost, thus avoiding complications due to the patients' inability to pay for medical aid. The dispensary will provide clinical services such as wound management, treatment of common infections such as Urinary Tract Infections, testing for infectious diseases such as HIV, basic health research, a pharmacy for basic medicines.
Currently we provide medical care services to 15 clients per week with various medical conditions such as wounds, typhoid, and malaria. The completion of the project would allow us to treat 15 clients per day, and each client will receive all services under a single and solid roof. A control room for dispatching emergency aid to communities will enable us to increase the response rate to the emergency incidents (including pediatric, obstetrics and trauma emergencies) from 20 to 60 incidents/Mo