Transaid Bicycle Ambulance Project in Eastern Zambia
- 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
2. Build capacity within Zambia's Eastern Province for the construction
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
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:
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,
Head of Program Development
Nigeria Cell: +234 706 721 3724 (Currently in Use)
UK Cell: +44 7544 817522
Transaid - transport for life, 137 Euston Road, London, NW1 2 AA.
Tel +44 (0) 20 7387 8136, Fax +44 (0) 20 7387 2669
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