Healthcare partners using bikes to fight COVID-19

Thanks to your generous and immediate support, we funded 2,500 bicycles for organizations in 5 countries to help in the battle against the global pandemic.

As COVID-19 began to spread quickly across the globe, it was clear that the communities World Bicycle Relief serves in rural Africa and Colombia would be extremely vulnerable. 

Healthcare systems are overburdened, water and hygiene are often out of reach, clinics lack adequate equipment, and the distances to health facilities are often too far to travel on foot. 

In response, we worked with partner organizations to ramp up existing health programming and increase bicycle distributions to health partners to frontline healthcare workers in Africa and Colombia. 

On bicycles, health workers can raise awareness of COVID-19, care for patients with existing illnesses or provide preventative care, and deliver food, supplies and medication. 

Here’s a look at some of the organizations mobilized and how they’re using their new Buffalo Bicycles!


Get the report: COVID response The Kenya Red Cross' bicycles will be used by Community Health Volunteers to deliver primary health services through home visits and reach the most vulnerable communities with information on COVID-19. Kenya Red Cross Kenya Red Cross Kenya Red Cross Kenya Red Cross Kenya Red Cross Save the Children in Malawi received bicycles in the fight against COVID-19. "I am excited to receive this bicycle because it will go a long way to easing my mobility challenges. I will be able to travel long distances with ease. Before now, I used to walk 20km to support our clients. I am grateful for this timely donation." - Save the Children Malawi beneficiary Colombia's Mica Sonrisas will use its bicycles to provide health workers with transportation to vulnerable patients in the face of COVID-19. Mica Sonrisas, Colombia Mica Sonrisas, Colombia Norwegian Church Aid, based in Malawi, will provide bicycles to Community Health Workers to serve remote patients. Norwegian Church Aid, Malawi Norwegian Church Aid, Malawi Impact Hub - I am Zimbabwe will use bicycles for COVID-19 response in underserved communities across Zimbabwe to deliver food & medical supplies. Impact Hub - I am Zimbabwe Community Working Group on Health in Zimbabwe received bicycles to support the work of community health workers. Community Working Group on Health, Zimbabwe International Medical Corps in Zimbabwe will use its bicycles to mobilize community health workers to serve clients in need. International Medical Corps The Wayuu indigenous community in Guajira, Colombia, received bicycles thanks to help from our partners at Action Against Hunger. These Buffalo Bicycles will help provide access to water and support livelihoods in a region deeply feeling the effects of the pandemic.

"I am excited to receive this bicycle. Before now, I used to walk 20km to support our clients. I am grateful for this timely donation."

Save the Children Malawi beneficiary

Organizations mobilized thanks to you


  • Action Against Hunger – food security
  • Mica Sonrisas  – access to healthcare
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – food security
  • Pan American Development Foundation



  • Kenya Red Cross – access to healthcare


  • mothers2mothers – HIV programming
  • Norwegian Church Aid – COVID-19 awareness
  • One Community – COVID-19 awareness
  • Save the Children – COVID-19  awareness 


  • Clinton Health Access Initiative – COVID-19 awareness
  • Ministry of Health – COVID-19 awareness
  • Rotary – COVID-19 awareness


  • Community Working Group on Health – COVID-19 awareness
  • Greenline Africa Trust – COVID-19 awareness
  • Impact Hub – I am Zimbabwe – COVID-19 awareness
  • International Medical Corps – COVID-19 awareness
We appreciate your support of health workers at this critical time. You can continue to help provide life-saving bicycles to those in need.

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