medibushelps.org is a private-sector initiative by the IT provider Cisco Systems with the support of DB Regio AG to improve basic medical care for refugees.
The Medibus fleet, an in-house development of a rolling, fully equipped, digitally networked medical practice is put into operation. The Medibus ensures fast, medical first aid and provides vaccination care for young and old.
Refugee children get all the most important vaccinations here so that they can attend day-care centres and schools as soon as possible.
Where is the Medibus used?
The Medibus goes where it is most needed.
It is currently used to welcome refugees from Ukraine immediately after their arrival. Of course, all other refugees are also welcome.
The Medibus fleet is now deployed in and around major cities, integrated with local administration and medical services.
The assignments will begin on April 26 in Berlin. Further planned locations are Cologne and Hamburg and others are under consideration. The campaign is provisionally planned until 31 October 2022.
Operations in the border areas with Ukraine are being evaluated.
How is the Medibus equipped?
It is a 12.7-metre service bus that has been converted into a fully equipped, mobile medical practice.
The layout in the bus corresponds to a regular general practice with a consulting room, treatment room, waiting area and laboratory.
The Medibus is digitally networked so that consultants and translators can be connected in a video conference
Two cooling units are also available in the laboratory area, which can even cool samples or vaccines to double-digit minus temperatures.
The power supply is ensured by 16 solar cells on the roof of the bus, so that the electrical devices are operated emission-free.
At the height of the refugee crisis in 2015, a partner initiative was formed in Hamburg and developed a medical container to treat refugees, the Refugee First Response Center.
The experiences from the use of the eleven medical containers with more than 10,000 treatments (in Germany, Samos, Greece, Beqaa Valley, Lebanon and Ukraine) were incorporated into the Medibus project.
According to the UNHCR, 5.2 million people are currently fleeing due to the refugee crisis caused by the war in Ukraine. (Status: 26 April 2022)
Women and children make up 90% of those seeking refuge abroad.
This is where DB Regio’s Medibus fleet, with all the experience and further developments of the last six years since 2015, now comes into play.
The Medibus was originally developed to provide medical care in rural areas.
During the Covid pandemic, the rolling medical practice was constantly used to provide vaccinations throughout Germany and was also the first medical point of contact during the flooding in the Ahr Valley.