Goodyear has teamed-up with Transaid to support provision of emergency transport solutions for rural communities in Zambia. Transaid operates in a number of areas in Zambia and Madagascar, implementing emergency transport schemes, which work with local volunteers who operate bicycle ambulances in places where emergency transport is unavailable.
The tire maker funded a bicycle ambulance, a solution designed for transporting expectant mothers to the closest health facility, as well as protective clothing for the emergency transport volunteer drivers, and vehicle maintenance and training support for the maternal health program.
Marc Preedy, commercial director UK and Ireland at Goodyear, commented, “We recognize how critical bicycle ambulances are for many communities in rural, isolated areas of Africa. The funding we provided seems small compared with how big an impact it has on the people within the communities. As a company we are always working to improve the lives of those in our local communities, but sometimes we also need to focus on the communities a little further afield.”