[QODLink]
The Cure

Pedal Medics

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
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

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.

 

 

Watch The Cure on Tuesday 22:30; Wednesday 09:30; Thursday 03:30; Friday 16:30; Saturday 22:30; Sunday 09:30; Monday 03:30; Tuesday 16:30 GMT. 

Join the conversation on Facebook and on Twitter

223

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
In Vietnam, 40 percent of all pregnancies are terminated each year, a rate that health officials are hoping to reduce.
Ivory Coast tackles internet fraud scourge, but analysts say criminals continue to outsmart authorities.
In US study, MIT scientists changed the emotions linked to specific memories in mice.
The seizure of the Tabqa airbase highlights the Islamic State's consolidation of power in eastern Syria, analysts say.
Traditional spring festival blossoms outside India through fun runs, raves and TV commercials.
join our mailing list