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Transaid Bicycle Ambulance Project in Eastern Zambia

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  • Eric Britton
    Dear Colleagues, In late 2008 Transaid commenced a bicycle drawn ambulance project in Zambia s Eastern Province. The project had three initial aims; 1. Improve
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 10, 2009
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      Dear Colleagues,

      In late 2008 Transaid commenced a bicycle drawn ambulance project in
      Zambia's Eastern Province.

      The project had three initial aims;

      1. Improve access to healthcare for community inhabitants in Zambia's
      Eastern Province
      2. Build capacity within Zambia's Eastern Province for the construction
      and
      maintenance of bicycle ambulances
      3. Develop a best practise report offering solutions to issues of rural
      access and to be endorsed by international organisations

      A paper was written and distributed to a number of organisations including
      the International Forum for Rural Transport and Development;

      Use of IMTs for Patient Transport: a Literature Review Contrasted with the
      Findings of the Transaid Bicycle Ambulance Project in Eastern Zambia
      Authors: Gary Forster, Victor Simfukwe and Caroline Barber
      Publisher: Transaid
      Taken from the abstract of this excellent new paper from Transaid: "This
      paper presents a distillation of the literature on the use of Intermediate
      Modes of Transport (IMTs) and then reviews the outcomes of the 2008/2009
      Transaid Bicycle Ambulance Project undertaken in three districts of Zambia's
      Eastern Province. The latest World Bank Transport Strategy puts the link
      between transport and development honestly and succinctly; 'Around the
      world, in much of development work, transport is the ultimate enabler. By
      serving other sectors of a nation's economy, it puts development goals
      within reach. We know, for instance, that an estimated 75% of maternal
      deaths could be prevented through timely access to childbirth-related care,
      facilitated by transport'"
      To download the full paper please follow the link below:
      www.ifrtd.org/new/res/transaid_bicycleambulance_may09.pdf

      Please assist us in disseminating the findings of this project within the
      appropriate development communities.

      And to any aspiring transport and development researchers please note that
      there is a lot more work to be done in the area of Intermediate Modes of
      Transport. Unfortunately, as this paper details, it is often the case that
      NGOs like Transaid just don't have the funding or time to undertake the
      detailed work necessary to produce a truly comprehensive research piece.
      Transaid is however in the position to facilitate such research with in
      country staff and networks.

      If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us,

      Regards

      Gary Forster
      Head of Program Development

      Nigeria Cell: +234 706 721 3724 (Currently in Use)
      UK Cell: +44 7544 817522

      Skype: gary.forster1

      Transaid - transport for life, 137 Euston Road, London, NW1 2 AA.
      Tel +44 (0) 20 7387 8136, Fax +44 (0) 20 7387 2669

      Registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee no.
      3511363
      Registered charity no: 1072105

      Visit our website at www.transaid.org
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