Give every health worker in Africa a bike
Monday, December 16, 2013
(CNN) — Mambwe Kaemba fastens her helmet, pulls on her gloves and rides her red Yamaha motorcycle out of the courtyard of the Ministry of Health. She has already done the daily checks on her motorcycle. Yes, the chain is adjusted correctly, she has fuel and oil. She’s now set for a day vaccinating newborns. Her journey will take her over an unmade, potholed track that she has been trained to navigate with ease on her little bike.
Kaemba is a health worker in Southern Province, Zambia. She serves about 6,000 people spread over a 20 kilometer area. The fact that she has any kind of transport at all marks her out as being very unusual.
When we first met health workers like Kaemba, they told us that when they didn’t have a bike — which was most of the time — or, when they have a bike and that it had broken down — almost always — they couldn’t do the job they had been trained for.
Source: CNN (link opens in a new window)