Health workers mobilized in Kenya
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