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Ford Gives Back to Improve Health Care!

Posted: April 12, 2016

Ford South Africa has collaborated with World Vision South Africa to assist in improving access to quality healthcare in the Eastern Cape. To this cause Ford has donated two Ford Rangers to its Better World initiative.

Both Ford Rangers are specially modified to be used as mobile clinics, which will support two area development programmes in the province. This will assist in providing health education, access to medication and support for child nutrition for approximately 20 000 children and 10 000 adults within its first year.

“There is a desperate need for basic healthcare and education in the Eastern Cape, particularly in the impoverished and remote rural areas,” says Paula Barnard, National Director of World Vision South Africa. “These two Ford Rangers will be invaluable by enabling us to better serve the health needs of communities within the province as part of Better World South Africa, a project run by World Vision SA”.

The modifications on the Ranger include the installation of a battery-powered refrigerator. The ‘Built Ford Tough’ Rangers are ideal for this project, as they will be used to access hard-to-reach areas in order to provide essential health services and dispense chronic medication. These mobile Ranger clinics will also assist in educating parents about nutrition for their children, provide vaccinations, administer Vitamin A and deworming supplements, and monitor the children’s overall growth and development. In partnership with the Department of Health, community information is tracked in order to monitor medical and child protection services.

To support its education initiative, RMAA South Africa also equipped the Rangers with presentation equipment including a battery powered projector, computer and portable screen to support awareness campaigns for child healthcare and gender-based violence.

Eagle Ford is thrilled to see Ford getting involved with projects that make a big difference in South Africa. Thank you Ford Motor Company South Africa!