The Hoveraid base camp is reached after days of hard travel through the interior of Madagascar, by 4x4, oxcart, dug-out canoe and hiking. From there the hovercraft brings the teams to outlying villages where they can dispense basic health care.
Four wheel drives are a neccesity.
It's dry season, oxcarts take the luggage over the sand, the river is low.
Crossing the river with a strong current.
Oxcart with equipment arrives in the base camp.
The camp has one pump, two latrines.
Hovercraft can come where cars, bikes and boats can not.
From a sand-bank the team still needs to wade through the water.
And the sludge of paddy-fields, to get to a village.
Consultations in a dilapidated school building.
The Malagasi doctor also does the translating.
For the Dutch students the trip is also a learning process.
No hook to hang the tension spring scales on.
Poverty and malnourishment are the biggest problems.
Some schools are relatively new.
Lunch, prepared by villagers. Often there is no time to eat.
Sexual education is not forgotten.
And so the kids have a condom balloon to play with.
Patients are always instructed about the use of their medicine.