Bicycles for community health workers
Our BIG IDEA is to help save the lives of children living in remote areas of Uganda by providing bicycles to community health workers. This will get these children the urgent care they need if they fall ill with malaria, pneumonia or diarrhoea - all killers in under five year olds.
Until summer 2017
Charity information: Malaria Consortium
There are over 200 community health workers in Iyolwa, Uganda. Each is trained to teach the community about sanitation, to show them how to protect themselves from disease-carrying mosquitoes and to diagnose and treat common but dangerous illnesses.
With no other means of transport, they walk for miles every day to visit just 1-2 households, bringing urgent health care to those with the greatest need - young children who are particularly vulnerable to life-threatening diseases.
If they had a bicycle, the community health workers would be able to visit many more households a day and carry out visits to help prevent as well as treat diseases among young children. This would not only save the lives of those who are sick, but would give them opportunities to educate families on how to prevent them from getting sick in the first place, which is always preferable. It would also make the job less arduous for the community health workers themselves.
To buy at least 100 bicycles for the rural health workers of Iyolwa district, Uganda.
Activities» Raise £10,000 which will buy 100 bicycles, each with a repair kit, and see each on delivered to Iyolwa based community health workers.
What success will look like
We will show the health workers receiving the bikes
Greater access to urgent health care for vulnerable young children in the most inaccessible rural areas of Iyolwa, Uganda. Malaria Consortium will be monitoring the support the community health workers receive from the Iyolwa Health Facility to which they are linked.
The risks are low. The community health workers are already doing the work. The success of this aim will simply facilitate the work they are doing and give them more rapid access to those who need them most. However, the success of the project would mean that potentially more children's lives will be saved and their suffering reduced.
All donors who agree to be contacted will receive an update on how the money has been spent if we reach our goal.
Budget - Project Cost: £10,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £10,000 Bicycles This will allow us to buy and deliver 100 bicycles to community health workers in Iyolwa
Iyolwa is in Eastern Uganda in Tororo District. Tororo is a place of great beauty and cultural diversity, but also an area with an excessively high malaria burden. On average, residents of Tororo are exposed to 1.5 infectious mosquito bites every night – one of the highest rates in the country – and malaria accounts for more than 40 percent of outpatient attendance at health facilities. The health system is already overstretched, so effective prevention is crucial.
Young children (under fives) from the Iyolwa area in Tororo
We have an ongoing and good relationship with the Iyolwa Health Centre and Tororo district health officials through our other projects in the country which are focused on mosquito net distribution, health system strengthening and community based health services.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Dr Julian Jane Atim
She is a Malaria Consortium project manager based in Uganda
will pay for the purchase of a bicycle, a repair kit and delivery to a community health worker