The third wave of COVID-19 is in full force in Lesotho, the mountain kingdom of Southern Africa. Here, the motorcycle-mounted health workers we support collect and carry 6000 samples for diagnosis every day.
These tests are now regularly finding 700 positive cases and daily deaths are now the norm. Health services are already overburdened with TB, HIV/AIDS and non communicable diseases, and with a population of just over two million this is very troubling.
With your support, we have been able to step in to help the country. Two Wheels for Life has sent two ambulances to our partner organisation Riders for Health allowing them to run a reliable 24hr emergency transport service. The vehicles take patients in critical need from local health centres to hospitals and transport COVID-19 patients to isolation facilities.
The ambulances are cared for with the same high standard maintenance routine that is used for all vehicles in Riders for Health programmes.
Mahali Hlasa, Country Director of the Riders Lesotho programme says:
Two Wheels for Life has also provided additional training, motorcycles and equipment to programmes in Lesotho, The Gambia, Nigeria and Malawi to support them as they continue their life saving work and allow them to add new COVID-19 related work to their busy rosters.
We are proud that with the help of MotoGP™ and all our supporters and generous donors in the world of motorcycling, we are able to provide valuable countries in great need at this time.