Mfangano suffers from one of the worst HIV/AIDs rates in the world, at about 30- 40%. In addition, poverty, unemployment, frequent droughts and floods all serve to further hurt the Mfangano people. Their relative isolation makes it extremely difficult to transport medical supplies, hold steady employment or even attend school. All of these factors combine to make life very difficult for Mfangano people and further increase their plight.
A bicycle, one of the simplest transport technologies, is affordable and can be maintained anywhere in the world with minimal tools and spare parts. Yet for the world's poorest people, living on $1 per day, even bicycles are beyond their reach. Meanwhile, in the western world we discard thousands of bicycles each year. The math becomes simple and in the hands of a healthcare worker, they can cover four times the ground than otherwise on foot.
Today, there is 1 car and 200 motor bikes on the island. Having so many bikes in the community will have a positive impact for years to come. Having proper transport will enable the community to grow into a place that offers suitable medical care to a citizenry that is educated, employed and more mobile.
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