Updated Nov 19, 2019

GAIA Mobile Health Clinics

GAIA's mobile clinics provide access to critical healthcare at the far end of the road in rural Southern Africa, and build the capacity of the local healthcare systems. To date, we've conduced over 1.7M clinic visits for those living in poverty.


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Stage 3: Proof of Concept

Registered In United States.

Focus Areas:

Primary Care, Health Systems, HIV/AIDS and 5 MoreSEE ALL

Primary Care, Health Systems, HIV/AIDS, Infectious & Vector Diseases, Prevention & Vaccination, Youth Friendly Services, Maternal Newborn and Child Health and Sexual and Reproductive HealthSEE LESS

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Across Sub-Saharan Africa, the majority of people live in rural areas and often endure a day-long walk to the nearest health facility. In Malawi this is true for 84% of the country’s residents. Lack of access to healthcare puts millions of lives at risk, especially the rural poor who suffer from high-prevalence of preventable and treatable diseases.



GAIA's cost-effective, community-based approach to rural healthcare combines mobile clinics and community health workers to bring basic healthcare services to where they are urgently needed. In close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, GAIA’s mobile programs efficiently and effectively fill gaps in the healthcare grid, reducing disease among hard-to-reach, rural populations, and providing preventative education and services.

Target Beneficiaries

In Malawi, poverty remains widespread with over half of the population living below the poverty line. In the rural, south where GAIA works, the vast majority are subsistence farmers. Literacy rates are significantly lower than in urban areas and only 3.5% of girls complete secondary school. Most of our mobile clinic clients are women (68%) and children (26%). Residents have inadequate health infrastructure and high rates of HIV infection, with young women at highest risk of new HIV infection.

Innovation Description

In partnership with the Malawi MOH, GAIA operates a network of Mobile Health Clinics (MHCs) in 2 of Malawi’s poorest and most remote districts. MHC sites are determined based on local need. Community members, local leaders and district health professionals participate in MHC planning and operations, improving community health outcomes and building capacity and sustainability. To reach the area's 1.1M residents MCHs rotate across five sites in a region operating from a pre-established, well-known and easy-to-access location. By rotating sites, the mobile clinic team is able to reach a far greater percentage of the population and is more effective in delivering services where they are needed most. Each vehicle is fully stocked with clinical supplies for the provision of primary healthcare. Each team is staffed with five service providers including a clinical officer, registered nurse, nurse’s aide, HIV diagnostic assistant, and driver who is also trained to takes vitals and assist with triage. Mobile clinic staff work collaboratively with corresponding District Health Offices, health centers and hospitals in order to ensure timely referrals as necessary. Mobile clinics provide preventative care, as well as treatment for acute and potentially life-threatening conditions, including HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, malnutrition, anemia, and increasingly chronic conditions like hypertension. They act as ambulances in emergency situations.


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