Riders for Health
Riders for Health
Not-for-profitYear launched: 1996
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- Other/not applicable
- Primary care
SummaryRiders for Health (Riders) is an international NGO and not-for-profit social enterprise that manages vehicles used for health care delivery by partner organisations in sub-Saharan Africa. We manage 1,300 vehicles across sub-Saharan Africa.
Riders is working to make sure the last mile is the most important mile in health care delivery. We are creating, showing and sharing the solutions for achieving equitable health care, even for people who live in the most remote places. We are transforming health care access for 14 million people across sub-Saharan Africa, and it is our aim that by 2017, we will have increased our reach to 25 million.
Key program components
Riders for Health manages motorcycles, ambulances and other four-wheel vehicles used in the delivery of health care in seven countries across Africa. We work with ministries of health, international and African non-governmental organisations (NGOs), private-sector organisations, local community-based organisations and religious groups, to improve access to health care for 12 million people. As a social enterprise, we charge our partners a not-for-profit fee to ensure the sustainability of our programmes.
At the core of our work is both training and preventive vehicle maintenance. By running reliable vehicle fleets, we ensure that the chain in health care delivery is never broken by failing vehicles thereby increasing health worker productivity. It is also far cheaper to keep a vehicle running efficiently over time than to repair it when it breaks down completely.
Our programmes provide training and employment opportunities to build local capacity. Our network of highly skilled technicians regularly travels to service vehicles in the communities in which health workers serve. This means they don't waste valuable time travelling to a garage when they could be with their patients. In addition to training health workers to drive safely in the difficult terrain, we also train them to carry out daily checks on their vehicle.
By Claire Meriwether This blog originally posted on