Riders for Health runs workshops in Nigeria, partnering with local and international agencies to maintain their vehicles. Current partnerships include last-mile distribution for pharmaceuticals and supplies, mobilisation of government communty health extension workers and ongoing management of vehicle fleets for health partners.
Riders maintain over 180 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.
- Aids Prevention Initiative Nigeria (APIN)
- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
- FHI 360
- Malaria Action Programme for States
- Partnership for Transforming Health Systems Phase II (PATHS2)
- Pathfinder International
- TY Danjuma
- UNICEF Nigeria
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
Nigeria is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and has an estimated population of 177 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.
Country Director: Kayodi Ajayi
Kayodi Ajayi (AJ) joined Riders for Health in 1999 as the Lagos Nigeria Development Manager. He was responsible for the development and management of a technical support system across the country, managing a fleet of 83 four wheeled vehicles across 37 states, and for training and managing a staff strength of 41 technical personnel. AJ was also involved in the setting up of Riders’ systems in the Democratic Republic of Congo and The Gambia and from August 2002 became deputy operations director in the UK office.
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