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Zambia Transportation (03:10)


Alvin Hall will visit social entrepreneurs trying to make a difference in their respective countries. In Chipata, Barry and Andrea Coleman want to import motorcycles and train drivers to help deliver health care services. Riders for Health employs over 300 workers across Africa.

Motorcycle Courier System (04:34)

The system will allow patients in remote areas to receive diagnoses more quickly. Roads in rural Zambia are difficult to traverse. People travel a day to reach Bwanunkha Health Center and see one or two nurses on staff.

Creating a Network in Zambia (02:56)

Riders for Health will visit each rural health center twice weekly, gathering samples and returning results. Lloyd trains new drivers on motorcycle safety.

Business Plan (02:28)

The Coleman's take out a $3 million loan for start-up costs. Riders for Health will charge each government a small fee to lease vehicles. Hall believes the couple needs to incorporate a formula for fuel price and currency fluctuations.

Six Months Later (04:01)

The Coleman's create a fuel storage facility to mitigate market fluctuations. Special backpacks protect samples from heat and vibration.

Riders for Health (04:01)

Violet Ng'ambi will be the first driver for the company in Zambia. The organization wants to expand across the country.

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Riders for Health

Part of the Series : Helping Social Entrepreneurs
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In rural Africa, poor transport costs lives. Riders for Health is changing all this. But can they now set up a new medical transport network in rural Zambia in just six months? Can they meet Alvin Hall’s challenge to import motorcycles, train riders and clear all the political, legal and business hurdles? Alvin Hall, a business and financial expert, is travelling the world helping social entrepreneurs become more successful. In this first episode, Alvin meets a couple who are addressing a serious problem for the delivery of health care service – transportation. But they don’t want their work to be seen as charity. They want it to be a self-funding program run by locals. However, in order to do that they need to train local riders and drivers to carry out simple checks and preventative maintenance of the vehicles. If this is done, the result is hardly any breakdowns no matter how rough the roads. Riders for Health began more than 20 years ago. Today they employ nearly 300 people in seven African countries. They manage more than 1,300 vehicles that provide access to health care for more than ten million people. And although they manage all sorts of vehicles the motorbike remains at the heart of their work. The motorbike is low cost to buy, it is low cost to run and public health workers and for people who are running specimen transport and so on, you cannot afford to buy a big vehicle for everybody who needs one. The motorbike, unlike cars, are able to negotiate single tracks. Given the poor state of the roads in Africa, it is essential that they use a mode of transport that can travel over all types of terrain. The motorbikes are also able to reach remote rural communities, often on tracks, making sure that everybody receives medical care.

Length: 22 minutes

Item#: BVL188142

Copyright date: ©2018

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