When Delivering Health Care Globally, Experience Matters
Behind every Primary Mobile Med International, PMMI, supporter there is a unique story that exemplifies dedication to global health. In our last newsletter, we covered how two of our supporters, Drs. Edward Fynn and Lewis Roberts, helped Tom and Kevin present PMMI’s work at this year’s Safari Five Conference. Because both Drs. Fynn and Roberts have firsthand experience providing health care to underprivileged populations and have been advising PMMI for the past few years, we are very thankful they helped us tell our story to conference attendants. We are excited to present Dr. Fynn:
Dr. Edward Fynn, currently living in Namibia, is a radiologist and senior lecturer at the Namibia School of Medicine. In addition to running a private radiology practice primarily dedicated to women's health, he also works with The Navigators to oversee humanitarian projects in Namibia and southern Angola. Dr. Fynn studied at the Ghana Medical School and completed postgraduate radiology training in South Africa. He has three children with his wife, Kate.
Dr. Fynn took part in the following Q&A with PMMI:
Q: Describe your reaction to seeing PMMI’s mobile medical clinic (MMC) in-person for the first time.
A: When the container idea was pitched to me, I was very excited. But I was extremely excited when I got to walk into the container. I saw something that has been inspired and created by compassion, love, and need. It is amazing that the container and its equipment can meet 80% of the primary health care needs of any third-world country. The container is very relevant and will be very useful.
Q: How can the container help you in your practice?
A: Even though, in my practice, a lot of the radiology I do is with bigger machines, there are still many people I could help by providing outreach treatment with equipment that could fit in a shipping container, such as ultrasound and x-ray equipment. Providing access to an ultrasound would be especially helpful. Ultrasound diagnostics are critical for infant and maternal health.
Q: Why are PMMI’s clinics an ideal solution for remote locations?
A: The clinics will especially help practitioners who are in remote locations. The clinics help these practitioners get connected to central hubs and other medical professionals. This helps provide a more extensive diagnostic service to remote areas.
Q: To what extent is Africa in need of primary health care?
A: It is difficult to even estimate a level of need. It is even beyond the [African] government's ability to estimate. The government's lack the resources and funds needed to keep an accurate estimate. People are in great need. People have to walk miles to health care facilities. And sometimes when they get there, they might find there are no doctors, nurses, or medical supplies. Then they have to walk home untreated.
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