WAHA’s innovative motorbike ambulances are being distributed in 19 countries this month. The ambulances have already been deployed in eight Caribbean countries and five countries in Africa, namely Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon and Malawi.
Haiti, Mozambique, Solomon Islands, Palau, Guinea-Conakry and the Democratic Republic of Congo will receive motorbike ambulances next week.
One of the biggest challenges in accessing emergency obstetric care and improving maternal and neonatal health outcomes is to establish an effective referral system for women with obstetric emergencies. To meet these challenges and provide women with timely access to health facilities, WAHA designed a low-maintenance motorbike ambulance, equipped with medical supplies.
Since its pilot test in 2010, WAHA has optimized the motorbike ambulance to provide maximum efficiency and patient privacy. With an engine of 250 cubic centimeters, a two-way radio for communication, and basic medical equipment for respiratory resuscitation, IV drips and other firs aid material, these ambulances have proven highly durable. They are also large enough to include the patient, a family member and a caregiver.
WAHA has overseen the implementation of motorbike ambulances in numerous countries throughout Africa such as Chad, Kenya, Somalia, Senegal, Niger and Ethiopia.