I’m calling tomorrow. Gynecobus against medical desertification in rural areas

Dr.  Gérard Grelet is used to overcoming obstacles: he is one of the founders of Gynecology without Borders.  Photo by Virginie Rabisse

Dr. Gérard Grelet is used to overcoming obstacles: he is one of the founders of Gynecology without Borders. Photo by Virginie Rabisse

It all started with a sad observation. Many women in the Center and Haut Var do not undergo any cancer screening due to the lack of gynecological follow-up. They start counseling when their health worsens. Sometimes it’s too late. A situation caused by the lack of medical equipment in gynecologists and midwives. That’s why some professionals decided to go to these patients.

“Go” is indeed the philosophy that drives the Gynecobus project launched in this rural area a few months ago. This bus will pass the forty-three municipalities of Provence-Verdon and Provence Verte. Gynecobus will offer real consultations as in the app, but will be mobile specifically to promote breast and cervical cancer screening.

“One of the two women is not followed”

Among the instigators of this first in France is doctor Gérard Grelet, dedicated to the fight against medical desertification. As a founding member of Gynecology Without Borders, she believes that when it comes to rural areas, a medical bus is the best solution to meet the needs of city dwellers. It’s pretty simple, because all the others are complex, and “even if we train enough doctors, the impoverishment of homes makes their movement difficult,” he says.

This is also the finality of Var’s 8th District Deputy (LREM) Fabien Matras. “I strongly believe in rural buses.” Hearing about the project, he supported it and above all, he opened the doors of PACA Regional Health Agency, which participated in the project as well as the local governments involved.

The role of ARS was also dominant, as the structure had the idea to support the Gynecobus by making a kind of outpatient consultation system for the Jean-Marcel de Brignoles hospital. Thus, the project succeeded in breaking into the funding boxes by overcoming the hurdle of the fairground drug ban.

If it’s not yet circulating today, it’s only because, like the entire automotive industry, the development of this medical truck has been delayed. Blame the epidemic. “We’re waiting for the tires,” says Dr Grelet impatiently. Other than that, everything is ready: the field of action has been defined, the medical team – about twenty gynecologists and midwives – has been recruited, the program is already connected.

First of all, patients can’t wait to see Gynecobus come to their village. As for the medical world, he already seems to see the project as a success. Dr. Grelet does indeed receive calls from colleagues in other specialties who are interested in the device and sometimes want to reproduce it: the dentist, the ophthalmologist, and even the psychiatrist.

I’m looking for tomorrow

Faced with the scale of the challenges we have to face amid the ecological crisis, social inequalities and democratic tensions, it is more urgent than ever to look beyond what separates us to highlight what can bring us together. If the inevitable changes in the way we produce, consume, live, and live together inevitably shake our certainties and personal convictions, they can unite us around common concerns.

Every day, French men and women of all walks of life and walks of life are overcoming divisions and already working hand in hand to overcome the social and environmental challenges in our regions. Citizens, local authorities and economic actors get involved, jointly experimenting and implementing solutions that set a common goal: a tomorrow’s world that is more in harmony with nature, more sustainable, more equitable and perhaps more desirable overall.

These initiatives, these collaborations should grow and expand. For this reason, the newspapers of the EBRA group (Latest News from L’Est Républicain, Le Républicain Lorrain, Vosges Matin, Le Progrès, Le Bien Public, Le Journal de Saône et Loire, Le Dauphiné Libéré, Vaucluse Matin, L’Alsace, Alsace), join forces with Sparknews and 50 regional press headlines to highlight those working on our lands to uncover the world of tomorrow.