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In rural South Africa there are thousands of people who receive little or no medical care. So what can be done for them? One answer is Phelophepa, the Good Health Train, which makes a circuit of the country every two years. This album joins the team of doctors, medical students and health workers on the train as they visit the town of Taba Nchu. In the weeks before Phelophepa arrives, community activists try to raise public awareness so that as many people as possible are able to benefit. And because need invariably outstrips availability, there is a lot of emphasis on education. This material was originally made for The Open University course U205 Health and disease.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

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Track 1: Riding the Good Health Train

A short introduction to this album.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Riding the Good Health Train    A short introduction to this album. Play now Riding the Good Health Train
2 The Good Health Train    The Good Health Train, 'Phelophepa', which tours deprived regions of rural South Africa for 36 weeks every year. Play now The Good Health Train
3 Preparing the community    At Taba Nchu, a former resettlement area, they prepare for the arrival of the train. Play now Preparing the community
4 Initial health assesments    All patients undergo screening prior to visiting specific clinics. Play now Initial health assesments
5 The eye clinic    The eye clinic adresses a hugely important need in South Africa where commonplace, easily treatable problems are often un-noticed. Play now The eye clinic
6 Improving health education    One of most important aspects of the train's work is its constant focus on education. Play now Improving health education
7 The train moves on    There is never enough time to minister to every individual's need, the train rolls on to its next rural community. Play now The train moves on

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