Health  Malawi Project #32460

Save Mother & Child lives with bicycle ambulances

by Women and Children First (UK) Effective Nonprofit


In Malawi, we work through groups to empower women to develop and implement their own solutions to the health problems they experience before, during and after pregnancy. One key problem they face is the long distances they have to travel in an emergency. Over 75% women in rural areas live more than 8kms from their nearest health facility. One simple, low-cost and sustainable solution to overcome this challenge is a bicycle ambulance to transport them quickly and safely.

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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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Women and Children First (UK)

Location: London - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
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Twitter: @WCF_UK
Project Leader:
Melanie Smith
London, United Kingdom

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