The mission and vison of Caravana cu Medici

Caravana cu Medici (Medical Doctors’ Caravan) was founded in 2014 by 5 medical residents continuing a project they developed during Medical School, to which they added a dynamic team of people. After gaining its own legal status, they managed to contribute to implementing an efficient prevention program in rural areas.

Our project targets rural Romania, and is focused on the people who don’t even have access to basic medical services - especially those for whom the national healthcare system is out of reach because of their health status, or because of financial/infrastructural reasons.

Gestures that are considered commonplace for many of us – such as the routine blood sampling, the screening of breast cancer, cervical cancer or prostate cancer, obesity and arterial hypertension prevention through hypolipidemic, respectively salt-restrictive, diets – are considered novelties in a world where the access to medical care is difficult because earning a living is much harder.

Twelve times a year, during the weekend, we gather a multidisciplinary team of doctors (20-30 specialists, residents and medical students) in collaboration with the local authorities. We evaluate the health status of the population free of charge, so that between 150-200 patients receive clinical consults, blood and urine tests, electrocardiograms, abdominal echography and echocardiography examinations and specialty consults: internal medicine, cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology, dermatology, gynecology, pediatrics etc.

The main goal of Caravana cu Medici is to provide residents in rural areas with basic medical care, to raise awareness regarding screening tests and to educate the rural population on taking care of their health. This way, we offer basic medical services and education to the rural population, encouraging them to become more responsible and dedicated to their own health.

Many of the advances of 21st Century Medicine are basically inaccessible to over 40% of the population, because public money is spent inefficiently. Therefore, we see the mobile units as a solution for people living in rural areas,because they improve access to basic medical services. The mobile units are centered on the most common pathologies (e.g. cardiovascular pathology, pressing issues concerning female health - such as cervical cancer, and viral hepatitis cases identification), . This is one way to offer better and more efficient primary prevention services.
The main goal of the caravans is to complement the general practitioners’ work. Together we aim to create a system that would efficiently filter patients according to their symptoms, thus redirecting only a certain number of cases to the large centers (nowadays emergency centers and large clinics are overwhelmed by minor health problems, such as colds, that can be treated locally). Caravana cu Medici (Medical Doctors’ Caravan) strives to even out the discrepancies between rural and urban areas, by facilitating access to basic medical services and health education to people living in rural areas.
Our vision is to create a national network where doctors, nurses, healthcare workers and local authorities would regularly provide health care and health education in economically and socially disadvantaged areas.