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How local health workers in Kenya are using bicycles to visit more patients than they could on foot.

Last Modified: 11 Jun 2013 10:17
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With just one doctor for every 10,000 people, getting access to healthcare in some parts of Kenya is a major challenge.

Many people rely on over-stretched community health workers, usually volunteers, to provide essential frontline services such as checking if children have been vaccinated or not.

In rural areas, these volunteers often have to travel long distances on foot, reaching relatively few patients each day.

But the NGO Bikes4Care has come up with a simple solution to help these local life savers.

In fact, Bikes4Care started supplying local life savers with reconditioned bicycles, which allow them to visit many more households. They also provide bicycle ‘ambulances’ to transport patients in medical emergencies.

In this segment of The Cure, Dr Javid Abdelmoneim travels to Kenya’s Nyanza region as Bike4Care distribute their latest batch of bicycles, and joins healthcare worker Kennedy for his first day of home visits on two wheels.

 

 

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