Project #8859

Transportation so a mom can deliver baby safely

by Riders for Health

With your help, we have been working in cooperation with Zimbabwe's Minister of Health to recover from the economic crisis and re-scale our operations there and get health care into communities be re-mobilizing Environmental Health Technicians (EHT) throughout the country. 

While this specific project, "transportation so a mom can deliver a baby safely," and partnership with Million Moms is coming to a close, there will be lots of other important ways for you to support our work including helping keep EHTs reaching villages with vital preventative care.  They conduct water and sanitation inspections, monitor environmental health so that diseases don't result in outbreaks and they educate people on related issues. They deliver the basic health services that the developed world takes for granted. Together, we can move global health forward. 

Thank you for all of your support!

Riders for Health motorcycles in Zimbabwe
Riders for Health motorcycles in Zimbabwe

Following years of political and economic instability the situation in Zimbabwe is beginning to stabilize and Riders is working hard to respond to the increased demand for its services. Health workers with a Riders motorcycle are now able to spend four days each week conducting outreach work, compared to just two days before. This means that they are able to spend longer with their communities and are better placed to support mothers during child birth and respond to medical emergencies – a vital step that has the potential to save hundreds of lives.  Thanks to the help of our supporters, we continue to make a positive impact on health care delivery in Zimbabwe.

Mothers and children reached by Riders
Mothers and children reached by Riders
Health worker mobilized by Riders, Kunaka Hospital
Health worker mobilized by Riders, Kunaka Hospital

Riders for Health has been working in Zimbabwe with the Ministry of Health since 1998.  Before Riders, outreach workers spent an average of only 2 days a week in the community, despite being responsible for reaching up to 100 villages. Mobilized by Riders, the outreach workers can spend four days a week doing their work. Zimbabwe is also one of the areas where Riders operates trekking vehicles, which ensure that women are referred to hospitals safely and quickly when complications occur. 

Recently, we have been focused on recovering from Zimbabwe's economic crisis, re-scaling operations and re-mobilizing health workers throughout the country. 

"Without a motorcycle, it is difficult to keep your commitments.  With a motorcycle, you solve more problems at different locations at any particular time."  - Denford Maruta, Health Technician at Makumbe Hospital

Riders is grateful for your support of this program.  Together, we can change lives.



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Organization Information

Riders for Health

Location: Chicago, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Riders for Health
Project Leader:
Jake Fuchs
Chicago, IL United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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