We mobilise the immobile
Better Access to Health Care
Each year 529 000 women die during childbirth. Most of them could be saved by being brought to health care centres. To receive at least the lowest level of health care, pregnant women or injured people often have to walk long distances. Sometimes they are carried with hand-made stretchers – an exhausting process for both the patient and the carriers. Studies show that two out of every three transported patients are pregnant women.
Bicycle ambulances have proven to be an efficient and appropriate transportation alternative in up to a 20 km radius in rural Uganda, Ghana and South Africa. They last 5 times longer than car ambulances can also be used on small paths and easily be maintained by the local mechanics. The price of 200 bicycle ambulances is equivalent to the cost of 1 car ambulance. Car ambulances are often unreliable due to expensive maintenance costs and dependence on uncertain fuel provisions. For more then 10 years, ITDP Europe has been working successfully in Africa to increase accessibility through sustainable and affordable transportation systems. Help us to mobilise the immobile.
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