Health workers: doctors, nurses, midwives and more, are essential to the health of people the world over. They immunise babies, diagnose diseases, monitor child development and care for women in labour, the elderly and the sick. But many people in Africa struggle to access these services that people in other parts of the world take for granted.
Throughout the African continent, it’s common to see sick people and even women in labour using donkey carts, wheelbarrows or even by carrying family members for many miles on their backs so they can reach a medical centre or hospital.
In most African countries, private transport is expensive and public transport is practically non-existent outside major cities.
For anybody trying to run a vehicle there is nothing like the network of garages and service centres we rely on in the developed nations to keep vehicles well maintained. The terrain is often difficult with many unsurfaced tracks and even rocky steep gradients. The problems go on.
So you can imagine that for African governments trying to provide reliable fleets of medical vehicles is a difficult and risky business. And the consequences of poor service are deadly.
If medical vehicles break down, clinics don’t get run, tests are delayed and women with complications give birth unaided.
We support Riders for Health because they have found a solution to the deathly problem of poor transport infrastructure in Africa.