Okalihera

Emergency transport social business in rural Mozambique

A Oka-Taxi driver in Chiure district, Mozambique

©Sonil Joanguete

Context

There is hardly any motorised transport for medical emergencies in northern Mozambique. This can become a deadly risk for mother and child if there are pregnancy complications. Together with a local cooperative, SolidarMed is testing a new ambulance model.

> 489 maternal deaths/100’000 life births is the lack of transportation options to health facilities in the last mile (Mozambique)

World Bank

The Project

The social enterprise ‘Okalihera’ rents out TukTuks (Oka-Taxis) to selected entrepreneur/-taxi drivers from communities and guarantees the maintenance of the vehicles. These entrepreneurs run their own taxi business to make a living and pay for the rent of the TukTuk. By renting the TukTuk from Okalihera, the driver commits to drive all pregnancy related maternal emergencies from his/her community to the next health facility – immediately and for free. Each driver is accountable to his/her own community. The LogBooks from each Tuk-Tuk inform about their daily activities. 

Key Accomplishments

2019

Impact: More than 100 women transported in 2019

Swiss Solidarity Innovation Grant

Sashidhar Jonnalagedda

Sashidhar Jonnalagedda

Project Manager

EPFL Laboratories

Partners

Sponsors