Riders for Health's program in Zambia, staffed entirely by nationals, provides health workers with trekking vehicles and the training in driving, maintenance, and trip planning necessary to reach thousands of mothers and children in the Southern Province. The goal of this project is to raise $26,000 to cover 1 year's running costs for a trekking vehicle to reach mothers with post delivery care, and infants and children with life saving immunizations.
The problem is that transportation and infrastructure for the delivery of health care is neglected. Therefore, people across Africa continue to die of preventable and treatable diseases because they cannot be reached with lifesaving health services. In Zambia, 14% of children will die before they reach their 5th birthday and 13.5% of the adult population is living with HIV.
Our project will strengthen the health delivery system in Zambia, mobilizing health workers so that thousands of people who would not otherwise have access to care can be reached. With a trekking vehicle, health workers will spend less time traveling and more time in their communities - a considerable savings of time and energy. They can provide prenatal and antenatal care, address immunization, development of newborns, nutrition for children under five, and water and sanitation issues.
By building local capacity and skills (all of our program staff are locals) Riders for Health is ensuring a sustainable health delivery system over time. Mobilized health workers in Kenya are also educating, supporting, and sharing information and resources that communities desperately need while building trust in the health care system, which promotes positive health seeking behavior. Above all, regular health access means lives saved and a healthy population for the future.
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