Riders has been registered locally in Malawi since January 2011 when we decided to pursue partnership opportunities in the country. In January 2012, Riders launched a new programme in Neno district in partnership with Partners In Health (PIH) to manage their four-wheeled vehicles and motorcycles on a cost-effective basis, ensuring that PIH has available the reliable transport it needs.
In early 2013, Riders also launched a Sample Transport (ST) programme across seven districts of Malawi with the Malawian Ministry of Health (MoH), Howard University Technical Assistance Project (HUTAP), Svenska PostKodStiftelsen, or the Swedish Postcode Lottery, TB CARE II and CHAI, with plans to scale up nationally.
Riders’ ST system ensures that samples taken from patients at health centres can be collected on a regularly-scheduled basis and transported in a professional, consistent, safe, and quality-controlled manner to laboratories. After analysis, the results are promptly returned to the health centre according to schedule, allowing for expedited follow-up with individual patients. The service enables and supports faster diagnosis and monitoring, and in some cases initiation of treatment.
Built on over 30 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 regular maintenance 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 will train 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 & advanced riding/driving & 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
Insurance coverage through third parties
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