Motorbike Outreach Model
Country of Operation
- APHIA IINot-for-profit
- Government of KenyaGovernment
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummaryThe motorbike outreach model is an innovative program that overturns the traditional model of static healthcare delivery, using motorcycles to bring health services to the people instead of waiting for people to come to clinics.
The North Eastern Province (NEP) population mainly consists of nomadic pastoralists whose migratory lifestyle is a major impediment to the standard model of healthcare delivery, a challenge exacerbated by NEP’s poor physical infrastructure. In the dry season most roads are bumpy and slow, while in the wet season they are virtually impassable; paved roads do not exist outside the capital of the province and the health facilities scattered across NEP suffer from chronic understaffing that often leaves outposts empty for months at a time. The motorcycle is, in many respects, the ideal vehicle for traveling across the rough terrain of NEP, which is often inaccessible to cars and larger vehicles.
Key program components
In this program, motorcycles are used for community mobilization, immunizations, and the transportation of staff and supplies to distant health outposts. As emergency transport, the motorcycles have already had a profound impact,and deep in the hinterlands of Kenya, the motorcycle is fast becoming associated with a far more positive image of saving lives. The successes of NEP’s motorbike outreach model are more than anecdotal. By visiting distant health outposts and villages on a regular basis, the motorbike program has had a positive effect on the health behaviors of entire communities.