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THE MOBILE CLINIC

The idea of mobile clinics was developed by Anglo-Saxon organisations, which have been using these kind of vehicles in Latin America, Turkey, India, Thailand and Africa for many years. A mobile clinic consists of a camper, a bus or a van, turned into an operating theatre to implement large-scale sterilization and vaccination plans.These vehicles are mainly used in developing countries or in areas where reaching or building on-site facilities is particularly difficult. They are extremely flexible solutions that can be used only when funds are available, without impacting fixed costs in the organisations’ budgets (as is the case for traditional hospitals).The camper donated by Dutchypuppy is fully equipped: a bathroom with shower, a small kitchen, a sink, a refrigerator to store vaccines and drugs and several cabinets and lockers to store medical stuff. Thanks to the help provided by our supporters, we bought a surgery lamp and an operating table.Romania already has two such clinics, one run by the English “FCCP” organisation, operating in the North, and one run by “Vier Pfoten” organisation. In Dobrogea (the country’s south-eastern region), there were no mobile clinics available so far; after four years work in  Cernavoda and Medgidia neutering centres, it was essential for us to extend our action to other towns and villages in the province of Constance, to prevent the migration of stray dogs from particularly affected areas to our territories.

Bridget Maasland, who adopted one of the Cernavoda puppies and founded Dutchypuppy, in 2006 has donated us a camper that is used as the first mobile clinic run by an Italian association.

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