Camels are about to become mobile refrigeration systems hauling medical supplies into the heart of the
dessert desert wilderness in Northern Kenya. In a joint venture with Princeton University, The Art College of Design in California and the Nomadic Communities Trust of Kenya, these “ships of the desert” will transport portable solar panels equipped with a foot-powered back-up system, allowing them to bring refrigerated medical supplies to out-of-the-way areas lacking electricity.
The camel powered mobile health clinics will carry a solar powered refrigerator on an ergonomically-designed bamboo frame, making them even more useful than just for their meat, milk or hide! Amazing what creative minds can come up with.
In the Laikipia and Samburu districts of northwest Kenya, remote, poverty-stricken communities suffer from a lack of medical care, as well as access to education and family planning. MCT’s existing integrated mobile health clinics make use of trucks, camel convoys, bicycles and foot travel to bring “door-to-door” service to these scattered, nomadic people. Based on evaluation of the current program, Designmatters and MCT have developed a multi-component design intervention to the existing mobile clinic operation