Riders for Health

Riders for Health's mission is to strengthen health systems by addressing one of the most neglected, yet vital, aspects of development for the health of Africa - transportation and logisitics. We achieve this by managing vehicles on a reliable, predictable and cost effective basis, to support the work of our partners who reach rural communities with health care and and other vital services.
Jul 14, 2011

Newly registered training school in Kenya.

Our program in Kenya continues to grow.  Recently Riders worked with community-based organizations (CBO) to train their health care workers how to ride their motorbikes safely and with confidence.  In this last training session there were 20 people that participated.  Riders has gotten some great feedback from trainees on their experience at the newly registered training school in Kenya.

Prior to the training, 68% of the 20 attendees had never ridden a motorcycle and three had never even ridden a bicycle. When they were asked what their worries were going into the training, the main concerns noted were accidents and others on the roads who haven’t received proper training.

 After the training, the trainees left feeling “empowered”, “safe” and “confident”. Every attendee said they were either satisfied or very satisfied in terms of their experience, the professionalism of the school and the training they received.  On a scale of one to five,  90% gave a rating of five out of five and the remaining gave four out of five.

 Here are some of the things trainees had to say.

Benard Ochieng' Sigunga, Clinical Community Health Assistant with KEMRI- FACES, said, “The instructors seem to have a good academic and professional background, they are very good at theory and fantastic at technical demonstrations.”

Jacknne O. Hamisi, a Social Worker with KEMRI- FACES, said, “I am very confident, skilled and in control of the motorbike.”

Every donation we receive brings us an important step closer to our vision of a world in which people do not suffer or die simply because the health care they need does not reach them.


Mar 8, 2011

Riders partners with SAIPEH

With your support Riders for Health has been able to provide transportation to outreach workers from Support Activities in Poverty Eradication and Health (SAIPEH). 

Before partnering, SAIPEH had one motorcycle which was to cover a geographic area of 70 kms.  It was estimated that the motorcycle covered 2,000 km a month.  Their staff had not received formal training in safe riding or preventative maintenance or been provided with protective clothing.  The staff's time was not used efficiently or effectively as many had to rely on public transportation or walking to travel the long distances necessary to reach patients. Other times their work was interrupted due to the motorcycle breaking down.   

SAIPEH recently received 4 motorcycles from Riders for Health as well as the necessary training. Their outreach workers have since put 30,000 kms on these motorcycles and provided over 43,000 people with services.  On average, each rider covers a distance of 200 kns, visits 11 villages, and sees over 340 people each month.

Nov 2, 2010

Program Growth in Kenya

Health workers mobilized in Kenya
Health workers mobilized in Kenya

Recent Impact

Below are a couple examples of the impact Riders has made to our partners in Kenya and what they have managed to achieve with our support.

More households reached -- we have helped Vumilia increase their capacity so that they are now able to offer 8 more programs, with motorcycles easing their transportation issues.  Before Vumilia started working with Riders they were covering 150 households.  They are now reaching 500 households with regular support and care.  "There has been increased area coverage over four locations.  Initially, staff used to cover an estimated 3 miles.  This has all changed since we started working with Riders," reports Rose Moon, Vumilia's founder.

More motivation -- Busia Family Life Education Program noted low motivation among care givers due to fatigue and because, at times, they had to use their own resources for transportation, which resulted in delays in response and some volunteers dropping out.  Feedback from health workers suggests that not only do they see the benefit to their work that a motorcycle can provide, but there is also a boost to their motivation. Pamela Wandera, Community Health Worker said, "I offer my thanks to Riders for Health for providing the motorcycle to enable us to serve the community effectively."

Preparing for the Future

Riders has a new Program Director and Sales and Marketing Officer in Kisumu and also employs a Project Manager and Finance Manager in Nairobi.  All of these people are local, as are staff in all our field programs.  This commitment to using local teams, coupled with the emphasis on ensuring that bikes and 4-wheel vehicles run to their full potential, means Riders is helping provide a sustainable transportation system for health care. 

Riders' staff in Kenya are building our program and establishing new relationships and partnerships.  In many of our other programs we partner with the Ministry of Health to roll out the use of motorcycles by public health officers throughout the country.  We look forward to doing the same in Kenya. 

Vumilia's Rose Moon with program recipients