lot of innovations have been done to make mobile medical units an authentic health delivery systemApproximately two decades ago, Mobile Medical Units were being used only for emergency services for transporting patients to for special care at hospitals. Mobile Medical units as authentic health delivery system parallel to static mode of health delivery system.
Dr HN Sahay,DirectorSmile Foundation
Smile Foundation, a national level development organization known for its innovative mobile hospital programme called Smile on Wheels launched in 2006. Smile on Wheels is a national level multi- centric project initiated by Smile Foundation with an objective of providing a comprehensive range of health care services to under-privileged community in outreach, remote rural areas and slums through an equipped mobile medical van. The programme focuses on providing wide range of promotive, preventive and curative health services to the beneficiaries.
Smile on Wheels address the problem of affordability, availability and accessibility of health care services. Smile on Wheels is equipped with all the facility to provide wide range of primary health care services e.g. advanced laboratory (semi auto analyzer and other equipments), x-ray machine with advance facility of auto film development (processor), ECG, minor surgery, OPD, pharmacy, life support system, TV, DVD, PA System, refrigerator, Power back up with digitalised distribution system and air-conditioned vehicle with all the advance facility in the van. Smile on Wheels is also equipped with Global Positioning system to monitor the vehicle under digitalization of monitoring mechanism.