The communities World Bicycle Relief serves in rural Africa are extremely vulnerable to the current global health crisis, and are not equipped to cope with the spread of COVID-19. We are responding by ramping up our health programming and increasing bicycle distributions to health partners across our program countries.
Frontline health workers mobilized with a bicycle will play a critical role in how these regions prepare, respond, and recover from the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis.
- With a bicycle, health workers can reach 88% more households than on foot to deliver medical care.
- Bicycles will be critical in educating rural communities and refugee camps on proper hygiene, prevention and how to care for those who contract the virus.
- With limited access to transportation, bike ambulances can transport the sick to and from health clinics.
- To date, we’ve mobilized 137,000 frontline health workers with bicycles. But this is only a fraction of what is needed to battle COVID-19. Every additional bicycle will make an impact and save lives.