In cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare (MoHCW), Riders has been working in Zimbabwe since 1993. Today, we enable a variety of health partners to deliver health care services throughout the country. We have been training and mobilising environmental health technicians (EHTs) on motorcycles so that they can reach communities with outreach health care. Additionally, in 2010, Riders also introduced our Sample Transport (ST) programme into Zimbabwe - a model that is specifically designed to improve the reliability and reduce the delay in monitoring and diagnosing diseases like HIV and tuberculosis. Riders has expanded the ST system to now serve 14 districts.
Riders also operates the International Academy of Vehicle Management (IAVM), based just outside Harare, which offers training in vehicle management and maintenance. The IAVM has trained over 2,000 participants since 2002.
Innovative vehicle management principles
Built on over 20 years of experience in managing vehicles in Africa, we have developed vehicle management solutions founded on three core principles, integral to all that we do:
• Preventive maintenance: Riders’ preventive maintenance system will replace parts on vehicles at regular intervals to avoid breakdowns. Our system keeps fleets running, in better condition, for the duration of their intended mechanical lifetime. As well as having workshops across our programmes, we operate an outreach maintenance system where our technicians bring our services to where the partner is working. They travel to a convenient location to conduct regularmaintenance on the motorcycles and vehicles, saving time and money.
• Training of vehicle users: As important as the maintenance itself, training is critical in keeping vehicle users safe and optimising the life of the vehicle. We willtrain vehicle users in defensive driving and basic maintenance checks every year.
Planning and budgeting: Our unique pricing models enable our partners to manage and budget for on-going running costs. We can offer additional advice and support for setting appropriate budgets for the delivery of sustainable health programmes. We can also advise on the selection of appropriate vehicles for the environment and for our partners’ programmes, our technical team are on-hand to help.
Riders offers our partners customised transport solutions including the following:
♦ Planning and budgeting assistance for managed transport systems
♦ Vehicle selection and procurement
♦ Training of vehicle users in basic and advanced riding/driving and basic maintenance
♦ Routing and scheduling for vehicles to maximise efficiency
♦ Outreach maintenance, sending our technicians to service vehicles where they are based
♦ Preventive maintenance to replace parts before they break down
♦ Reliable supply of genuine replacement parts
♦ Fuel management
♦ Insurance coverage through third parties
♦ Monitoring and evaluation of programmes
♦ Supply chain distribution and health courier services
Managing 1,300 vehicles across seven African countries, Riders produces results for partners including:
• Increased vehicle longevity
• Reduced vehicle downtime due to outreach and preventive maintenance
• Reliable supply chain of high-quality replacement parts
• Safer riders and drivers and fewer accidents
• Long-term cost savings
• Reduced time spent on vehicle management issues as a result of outsourcing
• Predictable budgeting and no unexpected repair costs
• Regular reporting on vehicle usage
• Improved health outcomes as a result of reliable transport systems
• The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union)
• The Ministry of Health and Child Welfare (MoHCW)
• The Zimbabwe National Quality Assurance Program (ZINQAP)