Project: Dr. car (Completed in 2018)
Working with TOY-FACTORY International
Project: Dr. Car
Toy Factory International is a Japanese company based in Gifu, Japan specializing in automobile customization. Since TFI's establishment,, the organization has had extensive experience in developing camping vans and medical vehicles for hospitals and government use.
As part of Toy Factory International's CSR or core philanthropies, Toy Factory has started a 'Dr. Car' Project wherein 'medical clinics' or roving medical cars are delivered to developing countries. This has already been implemented in countries such as Kenya. These customized vans drive around rural or poverty-stricken places offering FREE medical services (from consultation and giving medicines to small operations) to any person who avails of them, no matter the class or social status.
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Implementation in Nepal
We hope to provide the locals in rural areas of Nepal with free medical services, so that they don't have to make expensive and dangerous journey to the city for medical care. To accomplish this, we are working closely with the local government and the local ministry, Phul Kumari Mahato Memorial Hospital in Siraha District will run the Dr. Car program.
Phul Kumari Mahato Memorial Hospital (PKMMH) is a private hospital run by trust funded in Siraha District of Nepal, and they will be providing running costs and the medical supplies for the operation of Dr. Car.
DR. CAR INTERIOR/EXTERIOR
All photos courtesy of Toy Factory International (Dr. Car). Posted with permission.
A possible location we are currently looking at for the first car is the Siraha region of Nepal, in the Southeastern division of Nepal. The reason for us shortlisting this region is because this area has suffered considerable damage from the earthquake and possess widespread poverty. Moreover, the terrain is flatter compared to the other regions, hence the vehicle will be able to navigate and theoretically reach more people.
It would be ideal if this car could work in conjunction with our health post (in Sindupalchok, one of the most rural and harsh geographical locations in Nepal), but the prevalence of landslides and poor road conditions may damage the vehicle and hamper our efforts.
Supporting Words from Interim Ambassador of Nepal to Japan