The founder of Mpilo Mobile, Tumi Mabitsela, is a dynamic entrepreneur and has already built up a strong network in the social entrepreneurship space. Tumi was a 2015 Nelson Mandela Washington Fellow and a leading voice at the 10th Sankalp Global summit in 2018. She also represents one of 11 social entrepreneurs for the GE World Health Mother and Child program.Microsoft Teams, Zoom, or Skype to have staff and client meetings
Mpilo mobile uses mobile pop up clinics to service communities predominantly in semi-urban and rural areas. The business model is unique as it does not require a brick and mortar clinic or expensive medical equipment. The primary resources needed are a medical team, a tent, a medical pack, and essential medications. This allows the business to employ a ‘plug and play’ business model to provide flexible and cost-effective medical interventions to communities that, traditionally, had limited access to primary healthcare.
Mpilo works in partnership with the Department of Health and uses a B2B business model that is funded through strategic partnerships in the private sector. One such partner is Dettol, who has partnered with Mpilo on a Hand Hygiene Behavior Change Programme aimed at Reducing Diarrhea and Diarrhea Related Illnesses.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the focus of Mpilo Mobile, where they are now partnered with the Department of Health to assist in preventing and containing the spread of the virus. Mpilo Mobile now sees itself in the frontline against the war on COVID-19 by providing hygiene education and handwashing stations at critical hotspots in Gauteng.