In Kenya, Riders for Health has an office and workshop in Kisumu. From our workshop, we currently offer fleet management services in western and central Kenya on an outreach basis and we’re looking to expand to new locations.
Riders’ transport management solutions can help your organisation to deliver health interventions more effectively.
Mobilising outreach health workers
Riders currently mobilises health workers from 10 NGOs across Kenya. Their focus ranges from HIV/AIDS care to the support of orphans, vulnerable children and marginalised groups, to water management and sanitation programmes.
Through effective vehicle maintenance, Riders can increase the reach of these local care-giving groups, enabling the provision of regular health care services and empowering rural communities to take control of their own well-being.
Bungoma Home Based Care is one of these organisations, read more about them here.
In September 2012, Riders began a partnership with Lwala Community Alliance, a non-profit health and development agency in Nyanza. Riders manages one ambulance and two motorcycles on behalf of Lwala, enabling outreach health care and transport of patients from surrounding areas to the Lwala Community Health Centre and onward to the nearest hospital, if necessary.
In 2011, Riders opened our second branch of The International Academy of Vehicle Management (IAVM) in Kisumu. Our registered driving school offers training in safe driving/motorcycle riding and preventive maintenance for learners and advanced users. Since its opening, the IAVM Kenya has trained nearly 150 trainees.
In Kenya, Riders’ expertise in vehicle management is helping to increase the capacity and reach of our health-related partners, allowing them to overcome one of their biggest barriers to delivering health care: transport
- Asumbi Mission Hospital
- Bungoma Home Based Care and Support programme (Bungoma HBC)
- Busia Family Life Education Programme
- Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES)
- International Medical Corps
- Lwala Community Alliance
- Nyabondo Mission Hospital
- Support Activities In Poverty Eradication and Health (SAIPEH)
Kenya has a population of almost 40 million, with an average life-expectancy of 60 years. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 8.4% of children will die before they reach their fifth birthday – with leading causes of death including diarrhoea and malaria. The threat of communicable diseases in Kenya is high. Here, 6.3% of the adult population are estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS.
There are wide disparities in health care across Kenya, with ‘inadequate health infrastructure’ and ‘distribution inequalities’ cited as major challenges in system development, according to the WHO. Over 60% of Kenya’s population live in rural locations, yet just 14% of the road networks are paved. Characterised by hills, mud and clay tracks, travel is difficult. Without a reliable transport system in place, the delivery of even the most basic health care services is extremely difficult.
Riders began working in Kenya in 2002 with African Infectious Diseases Village Clinics (AIDVC).
In 2007, we expanded into western Kenya and trained two volunteers from our community-based partner, Vumilia, to train other health workers in safe riding and preventive vehicle maintenance.
Riders registered as a Kenyan non-governmental organisation (NGO) in December 2009 and we are currently looking to establish additional partnerships, extending our services across the country.
Riders for Health initially had an administrative office in Nairobi and a workshop in Kisumu in Western Kenya, however in 2012 we decided to move all of our activity to Kisumu, where a number of NGO partners and community-based organisations are situated. This move meant that Riders was able to work more closely with partner organisations, and have a greater, more sustainable impact on the delivery of healthcare in rural Kenya
Each week, an extra 20,000 people across Kenya can be reached by health workers because of Riders’ motorcycles. A fully mobilised health worker is able to travel further to reach more isolated areas. They are also able to spend double the amount of time in the communities because they don’t waste hours travelling between villages.
Programme manager: Irene Sakura
Irene joined Riders for Health in 2010 as a business graduate with experience in project management and has been guiding the growth of our Kenya programme.
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The Riders motorcycle is like an eye opener. After reaching so many people, [HIV/AIDS] stigmatization has gone down. Those who were suffering from opportunistic infections have been treated and the community is more informed. Society for Women and AIDS in Kenya (SWAK), Nyanza Province