SERCO was assigned by Spartan Truck Hire to build three mobile clinics for use by Shout-It-Now in areas where there is little or no access to medical care and attention in South Africa.
The deal was funded by PEPFAR – the United States’ President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief – which is the largest commitment by any nation to address a single disease with its activities focusing on expanding access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care interventions.
Shout-It-Now is a proudly South African organisation which aims to empower youth to have bold conversations about sex and relationships through innovative approaches to reach communities with free sexual and reproductive health services.
Shout-It-Now works in partnership with the SA Department of Health and is funded by PEPFAR through the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and Grand Challenges Canada.
The three mobile clinics needed to be fitted with all the equipment necessary for the efficient and all-round functioning of a modern health care provider.
Serco built the 9.5m insulated truck bodies with provisions to accommodate the required equipment which was fitted and installed in co-operation with a variety of local suppliers.
Features in and on the vehicles include cubicles to cater for a variety of patients day or night, air conditioning, electric power supply (solar and generator backup), Wi-Fi, TV, ablutions, a kitchenette, furniture, and storage compartments in the belly of the chassis with full livery on the boxes.
The clinics are already in use and according to the Fleet Director of Spartan, Mr Shailesh Koobair, the client is very satisfied with the vehicles which have more than exceeded their operational expectations.
Koobair said Spartan had been a customer of Serco’s over many years. “We are very happy with the service and quality of the products we have received from Serco and will continue to use them as our needs require.”
Spartan, which has been in business in South Africa for more than 40 years and has more than 2000 vehicles in its fleet.