World Bicycle Relief has a 15-year history providing bicycles for health programming. Today, we’re quickly working with partners to mobilize frontline health workers with bicycles in the face of this global crisis.
We are grateful for your support and for the important questions you asked during the Town Hall. Here’s a list of answers to questions we weren’t able to cover during the broadcast.
Containment and spread-prevention are particularly critical in regions with overburdened health systems, scarce access to water and poor sanitation. People living in rural areas and those displaced in refugee camps have limited access to accurate and trustworthy information about COVID-19. Bicycles will be critical for frontline health workers to reach these communities with education on proper hygiene and how to care for those who contract the virus.
Health has always been a core part of World Bicycle Relief’s programming, and we’ll continue to work with local partners and governments on last-mile health solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our expertise has always been in mobilizing frontline health workers with a durable and reliable bicycle to serve families in need. We work with local ministries of health as well as other nonprofits and humanitarian organizations, such as mothers2mothers, PATH, CARE and World Vision. In response to the rapidly evolving conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ll continue to work with existing and new partners with a need to mobilize frontline health workers. For the moment, we are focused on our core program countries.
We believe that all answers are found in the field. Our commitment to measuring our impact remains during the COVID-19 pandemic, although our methods may shift due to social distancing guidelines. Through the use of participatory methods with our partners, we capture data and analyze the results not only to demonstrate where your donation goes but also to help us continuously improve our programs. Increased mobility can have far-reaching effects on individuals and communities, but there are a few specific outcomes that drive our health program, including increased delivery of medicines and care.
Around the world, all eyes are on the spread of the pandemic. No one is immune: families, communities, healthcare systems, economies. We recognize and understand the economic uncertainty facing the individuals and organizations in our community. As a nonprofit organization, World Bicycle Relief relies on donations to help us change lives through the power of bicycles.