Riders for Health's program in Zimbabwe, staffed entirely by nationals, provides health workers with motorcycles and the training in riding, maintenance, and trip planning necessary to reach expectant mothers with emergency care and a safe delivery. The goal of this project is to raise $50,000 to cover 2 year's running costs for 25 motorcycles. This will enable health workers to reach pregnant women and their babies, scattered across dozens of communities, with emergency care.
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 life saving health services. Zimbabwe is currently ranked 169 (of 169) on the latest UN Human Development Index. In Zimbabwe, 62% of the population live in rural areas and only 19% of its road networks are paved.
Our project will strengthen the health delivery system in Zimbabwe, mobilizing health workers so that thousands of people who would not otherwise have access to care can be reached. With a motorcycle, health workers will spend less time traveling and more time in their communities - a considerable savings of time and energy. They will be able to provide emergency care, prenatal 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 Zimbabwe 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.