In Malawi, access to the healthcare services, especially when experiencing a crisis before, during and after pregnancy, is extremely limited. Over 75% of rural women live more than 8kms from the nearest health facility. Transport in rural areas is often non-existent. Where it does exist it is expensive, irregular and inefficient. This means in an emergency women often have to try to deal with it in their own homes, leading to potential long term damage or death, for themselves and their baby.
In a crisis, bicycle ambulances can get women to a health facility quickly and safely. The 12 bicycle ambulances you are helping us to provide will be exclusively for use by women before, during and after pregnancy. They will be free at the point of use and cheap for each community to maintain and run. In the communities where these bicycle ambulances are donated they will be the only available means of safe, dedicated emergency transport.
The 12 bicycle ambulances you are helping us to provide will benefit almost 5000 women and their children in rural communities in Salima District, Malawi. The bicycle ambulances will provide a means of transport for women who face an emergency before, during and after pregnancy, in many cases saving their lives.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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