Riders for Health is an international social enterprise. We manage and maintain vehicles for health-focused partners in sub-Saharan Africa. Our expertise in transport management enables health workers to deliver vital health care to rural communities on a reliable and cost-effective basis.
Riders for Health manages motorcycles, ambulances and other four-wheel vehicles used in the delivery of health care in seven countries across Africa.
We work with ministries of health, international and African non-governmental organisations (NGOs), private-sector organisations, local community-based organisations and religious groups, to improve access to health care for 12 million people. As a social enterprise, we charge our partners a not-for-profit fee to ensure the sustainability of our programmes.
At the core of our work is both training and preventive vehicle maintenance. By running reliable vehicle fleets, we ensure that the chain in health care delivery is never broken by failing vehicles thereby increasing health worker productivity. It is also far cheaper to keep a vehicle running efficiently over time than to repair it when it breaks down completely.
Our programmes provide training and employment opportunities to build local capacity. Our network of highly skilled technicians regularly travels to service vehicles in the communities in which health workers serve. This means they don’t waste valuable time travelling to a garage when they could be with their patients.
In addition to training health workers to drive safely in the difficult terrain, we also train them to carry out daily checks on their vehicle.
Why is it important?
The majority of the population of sub-Saharan Africa live in rural areas where the best roads are little more than dirt tracks. Public transport is infrequent and delivering health care on foot or by bicycle between sparse villages is an exhausting and ineffective task.
Put simply, without reliable transport the millions of pounds that is invested in vaccines, drugs, bed-nets, condoms and trained health professionals every year will be wasted because they will fail to get to where they are needed on time.
The aim of Shepherd's Keep is threefold,
•to provide loving, excellent care for abandoned babies and to work with social workers to find parents for all babies.
• to comfort and care for terminally ill babies and provide hospice care.
• to train caregivers from poverty stricken areas and impact HIV infection rate with education and counselling through our Hands of Mercy ministry.
Shepherd's Keep Background:
We started caring for abandoned babies in 1999 and relocated to our present premises after operating for 2.5 years and finding the organization had outgrown the buildings.
As a 24 hour facility for babies from birth to six months old, the name of Shepherd's Keep has become synonymous with excellence through hard work and dedication, and is favoured by most officials when seeking shelter for abandoned babies.
Ps. The question I asked myself the most when I chose to visit and support Shepherd's Keep was how can I donate money or care when a country and people abandon their babies in such a fashion, to me it is a fair enough question, but if you look past the terrible way these babies are first introduced to the world and see what an amazing job Colin and his family do here at Shepherds Keep that question soon leaves you. I used to think I had been gifted a second chance at life after my accident but one walk around these little ones you will quickly understand about what being gifted a second chance of life means. As Colin said to me he is a grandfather to over 500 children around the world, what an amazing man and family. Please help them out.
Meeting up with co-founder of Riders for Health Moto Gp legend Randy Mamola and current Moto Gp rider Alvaro Batista in Livingstone Zambia