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The Heath Care Access Problems In Africa Are Mostly Because Of Transport Failure And RFWI Has Solutions.

our vision is A world in which access to health care is a priority everywhere

156,681
 

Specimen Collected

6,348,141

Kilometers Travelled

4

Countries

5,346,000

People Reached

Amongst the very many serious problems faced and endured in rural Africa, it is the almost total failure of ordinary mechanical transport. This particularly becomes a problem because of the central nature of transport in health care. Transport is a “means to an end”, it gives value (or usefulness) to the products and services, it takes them to where they are needed most hence making them valuable. For example, an effective drug or vaccine does not have value while still in a warehouse or a drug store. It becomes valuable only and useful when transported and administered to a person in need, who may be in last mile. Without reliable transport for health services to reach the last mile, for example infants fail to be immunised and suffer or die from elementary diseases that were long ago conquered in the developed world.
When infectious diseases strike, getting a fast and accurate laboratory diagnosis is critical in stopping an outbreak from becoming a widespread epidemic. In remote areas, transporting samples from local healthcare facilities to diagnostic labs can be a risky process and needs specialised couriers. Sending sick patients to faraway labs risks passing disease to others along the way. Using healthcare workers to transport samples can leave local clinics short-staffed for long periods. Delays in getting an accurate laboratory diagnosis can lead to improper precautions or incorrect treatment – all of which give opportunities for outbreaks to spread. The lessons from COVID 19 are that testing, and more testing is key to suppressing disease transmission.
Modern day medical sciences rely heavily on pathogenic detection through laboratory diagnosis to precisely give the correct remedy to an illness. This helps in quick healing process, quick stopping of disease transmission, reduces pain and reduces negative outcomes such as drugs treatment reactions and death due to iatrogenic causes and contributes to the overall wellbeing of the patient.

RIDERS FOR WELLBEING SAVING LIVES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Amid the ongoing battle against the COVID 19 pandemic in Liberia, Riders for Wellbeing has increased its specimen transport frequency by 50% noted by average increase in distance travelled from 60,000km/month to 90,000km/month  

Dealing with the wet season in rural africa

he rainy season in Liberia makes already challenging roads more difficult to travel, yet our skilled motorcycle couriers have been able to ride these bad roads in the name of health care. Maintaining vehicles, so that they run regularly and reliably, keeps our Sample Transport Programme running. 

THE RIDERS LIBERIA PHASE ONE MANAGEMENT SUPERVISION VISITS

The Riders Liberia Management supervision which covered Margibi, Bong and Lofa counties was completed in May. It was aimed in supporting couriers in the field and holding meeting with County Health Officials on the ongoing COVID 19 response.   

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