Riders for Health Lesotho works to ensure that everyone has access to healthcare, even in the most remote communities. They do much of the work in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Project Management Unit from the Ministry of Finance and the University Research Company, as well as collaborating other funders for specific projects. Each partnership brings a different set of expertise and working in collaboration with different funders means that collaborative projects run smoothly and are more cost and time effective.
Mobilising healthcare workers and sample transport riders across all districts, it brings preventative treatments, pre and ante-natal care and healthcare support to communities throughout Lesotho.
The Lesotho programme established Riders for Health’s sample transport system. Since it’s set up in 2008 the trial and error approach to the project means that it’s now working effectively and efficiently throughout the country. From piloting it in one district, to their current full country roll out the project has progressed incredibly well. The sample transport system in place means that people are never waiting more than two or three days for test results back. If they need a new treatment plan, or they have developed an immunity, or they haven’t been taking their treatments then this can be picked up on and updated so that people can be supported even quicker.
The current operation in Lesotho started in 2008.
MODEL OF SERVICE
The TRM model is used for 90 percent of all operations in Lesotho. This means that clients or funders own the transport and the programme charges a monthly fee. It also means that the responsibility lies with the funders for vehicle replacement.
44 other vehicles
Services offered by the Lesotho team:
Outreach health worker mobilisation
Maintenance of vehicles
Emergency referral services
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Mahali Hlasa, Country Director, Riders for Health Lesotho.
“We’re here to make sure that rural communities have equal access to healthcare. We do this through our fleet of vehicles, maintaining a zero breakdown fleet for all our outreach work and piloting new projects including vaccine distribution.“