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The InARoaD award recognizes exemplary projects that have made real impact on transport in developing countries; that are innovative, sustainable and represent good practices in this field. Earlier this year Transaid received an Honorable Mention in road safety category for its Professional Driver Training Project in Zambia.
Eighty percent of the Malagasy population live in difficult to access, rural locations which can only be entered by secondary roads, waterways, or paths. Some of the most remote locations in Madagascar can be inaccessible up to 6-8 months of the year due to the rainy season. Transaid uses its expertise to provide those communities with access to health care, ultimately reducing very high maternal and child mortality rates.
Transaid recently joined forces with AMP (Agence de Médecine Préventive) in Benin, West Africa, to improve vaccine distribution and help reduce child mortality from vaccine-preventable disease, in concordance with Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets.
In June Transaid organised the first ever behaviour and attitude change workshop for 100 commercial freight drivers. This was part of the World Bank road safety project that is working to promote cooperation between the road transport operators and the public authorities along the Central Corridor in Eastern Africa which covers Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.
In 2010 Transaid was approached by the Malawian organisation, the Landirani Trust, and asked for an advice on the use of bicycle ambulances for transferring patients in rural areas. Since then Transaid has been working with the trust supporting their mission to help orphaned children in remote villages of Lilongwe district to get to health facilities.
Each day in Zambia, eight women die due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth*. Transaid has been working since 2010 to improve child and maternal health in this country through the MAMaZ programme (Mobilising Access to Maternal Health Services in Zambia).
In a large USAID funded project to improve access to child and maternal health care in rural Madagascar, Transaid's focus is emergency transport for pregnant women and children under five, improving drug supply chain, health worker mobility and access to remote communities.
Wincanton seconded two health and safety experts to the Tanzania Professional Driver Project in Dar es Salaam to conduct a health and safety audit for Transaid’s partner organisation the National Institute of Transport (NIT).
Transaid took part in a workshop funded by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in November 2011 which brought 15 Ugandan Cooperatives from a variety of products together to share their experiences and challenges faced when accessing transport
Earlier this year, National Express sent two driver trainers to Tanzania to work with Transaid partner organisation the National Institute of Transport (NIT) and to kick-start the training of bus driver trainers. Following on from this initial support two more driver trainers visited the training centre in the capital of Dar es Salaam in August.