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The Phelophepa cause is…

Two unique trains that operate as mobile healthcare hospitals, bringing much needed medical and educational services to impoverished rural areas of South Africa.

With over 40 permanent staff and numerous volunteers, the train is more than a mobile hospital, it provides out-reach and educational programs and has thus far reached 23.5 million people since it rolled out in 1994, which makes it the worlds biggest mobile clinic.

The 2015 Desmond Tutu Awards

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Phelophepa brings…

Support and empowerment to so many, in areas where there is one doctor for every 5000 people, they call it the Train of Hope.

Phelophepa has won…

The 2008 prestigious United Nations Public Service Award for excellence in public service delivery and the Sigma Theta Tau International’s award, for making a visible difference to the lives of people in rural areas.

Phelophepa means…

“Good, clean health” in Tswana and Sotho dialects….and is pronounced (pay•lo•pe•pa)


“By delivering quality medical services, education and outreach programs to the “poorest of the poor” in South Africa’s remote rural areas, The Phelophepa Health Care train is a beacon for hope for the many people along its track:

– Bill Clinton –

“There is a train eagerly awaited by everyone fortunate enough to be on the line – The Phelophepa Train. It is a powerful force for healing, change and development in the communities it touches”

– Kofi Annan –


The Eye Care clinic consists of pre-screening areas and refraction rooms that are fully equipped with phoroptors, eye test projection charts and biomicroscopes. Over 500,000 spectacles have been… read more


The Dental Clinic, partially sponsored by Colgate Palmolive Company, is equipped with six dental chairs, x-ray units and state-of-the-art dental equipment. Over 10,000 patients are treated each… read more


The Health Clinic, sponsored by Roche Ltd., focuses on health education, the treatment of minor diseases, diabetes and cancer screening. The Health Clinic registers over 18,000 patients each year… read more


Four pharmacists and their pharmacy students educate the people on the importance of taking medication correctly, while annually the The Roche-sponsored pharmacy dispenses up to 20,000 prescriptions… read more


The EduClinic, sponsored by Canon Collins Trust, offers basic healthcare awareness education to volunteer members of the community. Over 15,000 people have been educated by this clinic each… read more


The Psychology Clinic offers solution-focused individual counseling as well as psycho-educational workshops. Over 500,000 have been treated at this clinic each… read more

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