Access to Healthcare
People living in rural areas of Africa often struggle to access vital services. Around 75% of maternal deaths could be avoided through timely access to vital childbirth-related care (Source: The World Bank).
What we do
- We empower people to transform their own lives through access to vital services, such as healthcare.
- We transform rural access to vital services – We enable women, children, and men in rural communities to reach health services when they are in need.
- We strengthen transport systems and this can provide access to appropriate forms of transport.
Our work includes the use of Emergency Transport Schemes to transport pregnant mothers with complications. We also help community health workers reach the families who need them.
- Since our Emergency Transport Scheme in Nigeria began in July 2013, more than 16,500 pregnant women in labour and maternal emergencies have been transported to a health facility, almost always at no cost to the mother. 741 drivers have been trained in how to correctly lift and transport pregnant women to the health facilities in Nigeria. The service offered by the drivers is free of charge, with 96 per cent of ETS drivers – taxi drivers by trade – not asking for payment at the end of the journey.
- Our MAMaZ Against Malaria programme has seen a staggering 96% reduction in deaths in children with severe malaria in Serenje District, Zambia. The project is delivered by a consortium of partners who aim to increase access to life-saving medical treatment for communities in Zambia. This progress was noted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as seen in the video above.
- The MAM@Scale programme is reaching a population of one million people with its innovative, community-led approach to tackle severe malaria in rural Zambia.
- Between April 2020 and March 2021, our Emergency Transport Systems had transported over 12,000 pregnant women and children to healthcare facilities in Zambia and Madagascar.
View a short video below on our impact in sub-Saharan Africa from April 2021 – March 2022: