Donkey cart ambulances
Country of Operation
- Care for the Mother ProjectNot-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummaryCare for the Mother project is providing donkey carts to serve as ambulances for transporting women in labor to the local clinics because moving pregnant women across vast and sandy pastures to the nearest health facility in a hot, arid climate is difficult and dangerous.
Spanning the length of the Somali and Ethiopian border, Kenya’s North Eastern Province (NEP) is home to approximately 1.3 million semi-nomadic pastoralists. In this conservative Muslim region, many miles often separate villagers from the nearest health clinic and only an estimated 40 percent of the population has access to health care services. Donkeys are commonly used to transport supplies and produce throughout the area, therefore this initiative is providing carts on donkeys to serve as ambulances to transport women to health clinics or hospitals
Key program components
The project is manufacturing carts mounted on donkeys and will focus on producing more of them to distribute to the vast areas of NEP to help in transporting patients to nearest facilities of health. Plans are underway to apply and scale-up the Care for the Mother model across the entire Northern Arid Lands region as an APHIA Plus extension, and it could even serve as a template for other countries which face similar challenges reaching conservative, pastoral populations.