GMRVF runs Mobile Medical Units treating the elderly and vulnerable who cannot otherwise access medical assistance. The vans are equipped with basic medical equipment, medicines, and staffed by a doctor, a pharmacist and a social worker. MMUs regularly visit communities in GMRVF locations There are nodal points at each location. The van visits each nodal point once a week. These MMUs are usually run in partnership with specialized NGOs. MMUs provide regular treatment to common ailments including Osteoarthritis, Hypertension, Chronic Obstructive Airway Disease and Dyspepsia. Referral services are also provided in case of need.
10 MMUs are currently being run which provide about 2,00,000 treatments in a year.
MMUs provide free check-ups and medicines primarily to people of 60+ age group. They also attend to lower age groups in case of emergencies or if the mobility of the patient is a problem.
Good relationships have been developed with many referral hospitals for providing qualitative health services to the poor at low cost.
Community members, especially youth are coming forward to assist in the working of the MMUs.
Mahadev Varlu Khobragade, aged 72 years, lives in Shembal village of Warora block in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra. When he was young he used to cultivate his small land holding but was hardly able to save any money for his old age. He has three sons but he lives independently. He is somehow able to make both ends meet by working as agriculture laborer in others’ fields. Having abused his health with alcohol and tobacco for several years, Mahadev’s general state of health is very poor and he suffers from Asthama. Introduction of Mobile Medical Unit in his village proved a blessing to him. He visited the MMU and got necessary medicines and dietary advice. Within a year, Mahadev’s health improved significantly and he is now able work regularly. Improved health led to better financial condition and better quality of life.