Bambulance Project – Kenya
Country of Operation
- Design For Development SocietyNot-for-profit
- Women's Empowerment Equality Project (WEEP)Not-for-profit
- The Community TransformersNot-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummaryBambulance is developing a medical device which transports people in rural sub-Saharan Africa to a hospital or clinic. The Bicycle Ambulance is a humanitarian project that combines common forms of transportation like the bicycle with a means of safely and comfortably transporting people.
This project is creating an affordable and sustainable means of health and emergency transport for rural communities in Kenya. It has designed a means of transporting people in rural Kenya to hospital or clinic which will function primarily as an Emergency Medical Transportation Device (EMTD) by improving the comfort, safety and stability of patient transport. This will be achieved by utilizing familiar and available regional modes of transportation like the bicycle, donkey, foot travel. They will utilize local materials and processes, such as bamboo, as the primary structural material.
Key program components
In order to accomplish this goal the project is designing a bamboo EMTD prototype that is responsive to local needs. The project has also established a small manufacturing facility for the production of the EMTDs in western Kenya. In addition they will teach local residents to manufacture the products by providing technical training and skills to manufacture and distribute an initial run of 5 bamboo EMTDs. They will also provide community-based training in the management and maintenance of the ambulance fleet and establish a system of community-based project monitoring and evaluation.