Riders for Health runs workshops in Nigeria, partnering with local and international agencies to maintain their vehicles. We have recently started a pilot partnership to manage last-mile distribution of drugs direct from the regional medical store to health facilities in two states.
Riders maintain over 120 vehicles under our servicing models. This means, for the organisations we serve, we work to keep their vehicles on the road to enable them to fulfil their health and goals.
Our main workshop and office is based in Abuja, with additional workshop space being located in UN House Abuja, Enugu, Calabar, Kaduna and Lagos.
Riders expertise in vehicle maintenance eliminates one of the major challenges our partner organisations face in their line of work; lack of reliable fleet management support.
- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
- FHI 360
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- UNICEF Nigeria
- World Health Organization (WHO)
Nigeria is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and has an estimated population of 141 million people. The past few years have seen rapid economic growth, yet despite this, over half the population are estimated to live in extreme poverty and survive on just $1.25 per day. One in five children will die before the age of five - with malaria, pneumonia and HIV/AIDS cited as the main causes of death.
Over half of Nigeria’s population live in rural areas and are dependent on outreach health care services, yet just 15% of the road networks are paved. As with most African countries, the vehicles that are present are often unreliable, and there is lack of understanding of safe riding or vehicle servicing needs. As a result, trying to deliver even the most basic health care – bed nets, condoms, medication – is extremely challenging.
Riders began working in Nigeria in 1999 when it worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) to manage its fleet of vehicles involved in the polio eradication programme.
In 2004, Riders began the ‘Enugu project’ which is designed to help improve access to health care at the grassroots of society in Nigeria. Using four-wheeled vehicles, Riders’ technicians were able to service health workers vehicles in the Enugu region on an outreach basis to increase the time spent with patients.
In 2006, the contract with WHO came to an end. Since then Riders Nigeria has restructured our team and our programme infrastructure to continue to focus on a broader reach of vehicle servicing and management support for health and development agencies.
Riders services over 120 vehicles for our health-related partners. By keeping their vehicles on the road, we enable them to fulfil their life-saving work.
Programme Director: Effiom Nyong Effiom
Effiom is a trained pharmacist and change management specialist with first-hand experience of the health care challenge in Nigeria. His strong management team is leading the growth of our Nigerian programme since 2010. Alumnus of the Said Business School, Oxford, Effiom believes a sound business model is integral to achieving sustainable social change.
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Since we’ve been working with them we haven’t had any breakdowns. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Abuja