Mobile Clinics

A common outreach ministry of institutions and churches using trucks and vans, airplanes, and boats. These frequently provide services where no other health services are available, but suffer from the weakness of lack of continuity and the danger of introducing expectations for services that cannot be sustained. Mobile clinics are best used to provide local training and supervision of local personnel who are permanently located and who can provide first level health care and appropriate referral at all times. ( See also Missionary Vessels .)

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.