Electra Commercial Vehicles Supports Healthcare Access in Zambia

Electra Commercial Vehicles are really pleased to donate towards three bicycle ambulances to support a vital healthcare initiative in Zambia. These ambulances will significantly improve patient transport to healthcare facilities in Chitambo and Serenje Districts.

The recipient charity has been working with Zambia’s Ministry of Health and district health teams across nine provinces and 21 districts since 2010. Their MORE MAMaZ (Mobilising Access to Maternal Health Services in Zambia) project (2014-2016) led to a 32% increase in skilled birth attendance, dramatically reducing maternal and infant mortality rates.

In 2018, the charity expanded its efforts to combat malaria through the MAMaZ Against Malaria at Scale project (2018-2021). The pilot phase achieved a 96% reduction in severe malaria case fatalities. This success continued with a 90% reduction in reported deaths from severe malaria in children under five across eight districts.

The charity’s comprehensive approach includes training 9,800 Community Health Workers (CHWs), establishing 260 community-managed emergency transport systems, and training 735 emergency transport riders. These systems have transferred over 11,300 women, girls, and children to health facilities, significantly reducing child and maternal deaths.

Dennis Simuyuni, Project Manager for MAMaZ, highlighted the impact of the donation: “The donated Electra bicycle ambulances will appropriately address delays in reaching health facilities, providing an affordable and reliable means of transport for the community. This service will greatly benefit everyone, especially in addressing malaria and maternal health-related cases, bringing the community together to save lives.”

Along side eStar and Direct Tyre Management, our contribution of these bicycle ambulances supports the charity’s mission to improve healthcare access in Zambia, potentially saving countless lives. We are proud to play a part in their ongoing efforts and remain committed to helping more communities in need.

To discover more about the MAMaZ Project and two of the fantastic bicycle ambulance drivers, Idess and Rosemary, visit: https://www.transaid.org/news/idess-and-rosemary/

 

“The donated Electra bicycle ambulances will appropriately address delays in reaching health facilities, providing an affordable and reliable means of transport for the community. This service will greatly benefit everyone, especially in addressing malaria and maternal health-related cases, bringing the community together to save lives.”

Dennis Simuyuni - Project Manager

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