Monday, January 7, 2019

Transport Charity Transaid Wins Another Year's Support for Vital Work in Zambia

Tyre Group Backs Fight Against Malaria and Assists Battling Health Crisis in Africa
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UK – ZAMBIA – After celebrating the charity's 20th anniversary together with Patron HRH The Princess Royal in London in November, staff at Transaid, which supports transport and logistics initiatives in Africa, had further cause to smile last week when tyre giant Goodyear renewed its corporate membership for a further year after initially becoming involved in 2015.

Transaid says the company’s commitment will provide essential unrestricted funding towards the testing and implementation of new programmes aimed at improving access to healthcare and road safety in sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally Goodyear has also agreed to fund a new bicycle ambulance, which will be used to support the MAMaZ Against Malaria programme in Zambia, which aims at improving access to vital malaria medicines for young children.

Even today few in the west realize the scope of the scourge of malaria and the misery it can bring. In Africa alone WHO estimates put the number of annual cases at 194 million, over 400,000 of these proving fatal. Last year Transaid’s programme, operated with partners Swiss foundation, Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) and the National Malaria Elimination Center (NMEC) of Zambia, held a pilot programme which yielded exceptional results.

The year-long pilot scheme in the Serenje district revealed just three deaths from severe childhood malaria, this compared to the 97 deaths that would have ordinarily been expected. The programme is now being scaled up to reach even more isolated communities in need of access to urgent malaria treatment. Goodyear’s continued support was welcomed by Caroline Barber, CEO of Transaid, who commented:

“Our corporate members are essential to the success of Transaid, and we’re delighted Goodyear has renewed its support for another year. They are a fantastic team to work with, and we are excited for what we can continue to achieve together.”

Goodyear first donated a branded bicycle ambulance in 2015, supporting Transaid’s implementation of a local Emergency Transport Scheme (ETS) for remote communities which had previously faced long walks on foot to access medical services. According to David Howe, Commercial Sales General Manager at Goodyear, the evident positive effect of the company’s support was key to their decision to continue backing Transaid. He said:

“We became involved with Transaid because we wanted to help improve the lives of people in Africa, and we’re delighted by the impact we’ve been able to have in such a short space of time. Knowing our first bicycle ambulance has already helped to save lives made the decision to renew our support a very simple one, we’re naturally very excited to get our second bicycle ambulance into a community in early in 2019.”

Photo: It may appear a little ramshackle to some, but a bicycle ambulance is a cheap and effective way to convey the seriously ill or injured to medical facilities which would otherwise be out of reach.