Clinic In A Can

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A Wichita-based medical nonprofit has sent several of its mobile clinics to Texas areas hit by recent floods.

A “clinic in a can" is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a 20-foot shipping container converted into "just one doctor's office," says Cory Simons, CFO of the nonprofit Clinic in a Can. "They're set up basically for primary care."

Sean Sandefur

Original Air Date 9-29-14

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now claimed the lives of close to 3,000 people. The Center for Disease Control estimates that rates of infection will eclipse a million people by January of next year. A Wichita organization that turns shipping containers into medical clinics is trying to do its part to help keep those numbers from growing. 


Matt Hamer of Clinic in a Can unlatches the doors of what, on the outside, appears to be a pearly white shipping container.

A self-contained portable medical clinic will be sent to Haiti this August. The non-profit organization Hospitals of Hope began the program Clinic In A Can in 2005 to serve those without access to basic medical care.

Ten shipping containers have been converted to these portable mini-hospitals and have been sent to places such as New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, West Africa and Sudan.