Access to Healthcare

Click here to view an infographic on our impact in access to healthcare in sub-Saharan from 2022-23.

People living in rural areas of Africa often struggle to access vital services. In 2021, the WHO African region was home to 95% of malaria cases and 96% of deaths. Children under five accounted for 80% of all malaria deaths in the region. Around 75% of maternal deaths could be avoided through timely access to vital childbirth-related care (Source: The World Bank).

What we do

  • We support people to transform their own lives through access to vital services, such as healthcare.
  • We transform rural access to vital services – enabling 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 children with severe malaria and pregnant mothers with complications. We also help community health workers reach the families who need them.

Our Impact

  • 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 percent of ETS drivers – taxi drivers by trade – not asking for payment at the end of the journey.
  • Our MAMaZ Against Malaria programme (MAM@Scale) has seen a staggering 87% 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 nearly 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.
  • Between April 2022 and March 2023, Transaid and partners continued work to provide rapid antigen test screening in Uganda for truck drivers and their assistants, conducting over 2,600 tests, and sensitising over 8,100 truck drivers and their assistants. 

View a short video below on our impact in sub-Saharan Africa from April 2022 – March 2023: