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Namibia: BEN Factory Starts Making Bicycle Ambulances

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WINDHOEK, Namibia – Next month, the Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) will launch a bicycle ambulance manufacturing plant in Namibia. BEN said in a press statement that the ambulances will be delivered to rural communities in the north of the country in partnership with community-based organisations, strengthening the grassroots response to HIV/AIDS.

Namibia: BEN Factory Starts Making Bicycle Ambulances

 WINDHOEK, Namibia – Next month, the Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) will launch a bicycle ambulance manufacturing plant in Namibia. BEN said in a press statement that the ambulances will be delivered to rural communities in the north of the country in partnership with community-based organisations, strengthening the grassroots response to HIV/AIDS.
Old fashioned for the city, perhaps, but essential in rural areas where distances are often to big to travel on foot, and patients often too weak. These pedalled ambulances are now manufactured in Namibia. They will be used to get sick people to and from clinics and hospitals in rural areas.
Bicycle ambulances are ‘stretchers on wheels’ that attach to normal bicycles and tow a sick person or pregnant woman to a hospital or clinic where no other transport is available. BEN Namibia’s work delivering bicycles to home-based care volunteers in the north has demonstrated that there is an enormous need for emergency transport solutions for the care of people living with HIV/AIDS and for pregnant women. In other African countries where bicycle ambulances are in use, there have been marked declines in infant and maternal mortality rates.
BEN said it is searching for partners to contribute to the funding for the production of 96 ambulances. For the sponsors, BEN Namibia offers a package of benefits that include extensive brand exposure and the opportunity to develop dedicated activities with different stakeholders. According to managing director, Michael Linke, the sponsorship is a great opportunity for Namibian businesses. "The bike ambulance is a high visibility project that will attract a lot of local and international media coverage. It’s also an opportunity to associate brands with an innovative solution to the enormous problem of emergency healthcare transport in remote communities," said Linke.

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