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The scale of the problem that Riders for Health is working to overcome in Africa is huge. The continent has the highest rate of child mortality in the world and is more affected by HIV/AIDS than any other region. But Riders’ fleet management systems are helping to achieve real and sustainable development.

Riders for Health at a glance

  • Operates in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa; the Gambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya, Lesotho, Zambia and Malawi.
  • Employs over 300 local people.
  • Manages over 1,300 vehicles – motorcycles, four-wheeled trekking vehicles and ambulances. 
  • Operates two specialist training centres: the International Academy of Vehicle Management (IAVM) in Harare, Zimbabwe and the IAVM2 in Kisumu, Kenya. 

The need for Riders for Health

  • Every year, 8.8 million children under five years of age die from preventable and curable disease including measles, diarrhoea and malaria. That’s more than 22,000 children each day and almost 1,000 every hour.
  • In Africa, almost one in eight children is estimated to die before they reach their fifth birthday.
  • According to the United Nations, 2.6 billion people across the globe lack access to basic sanitation. And less than half of those in need of treatment for HIV/AIDS will actually receive it. 
  • The risk of a woman in a developing country dying from a pregnancy-related cause during her lifetime is about 36 times higher compared to a woman living in a developed country.
  • Over 1.2 million people die on the world’s roads each year, some 90% of which occur in low and middle income countries.

Our impact

  • Improved access to health care for 12 million men, women and children across Africa. 
  • Fully mobilised health workers can provide more than five times the amount of people with regular health care and follow-up services.
  • Outreach health workers can double the time they spend in communities as they spend less time travelling each day.
  • In one year, Riders’ sample couriers collect and deliver over 600,000 patient medical samples and test results between health centres and laboratories. With a quicker diagnosis, patients can be put on the right course of treatment much earlier. 
  • In 2011, individual health workers mobilised by Riders covered an average of 1,000KM every month.


  • Press information sheet

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  • Riders for Health impact report 2012

    Find out more about the life saving work that Riders is doing across sub-Saharan Africa, our impact and plans for the future.