Emergency transport social business in rural Mozambique
A Oka-Taxi driver in Chiure district, Mozambique
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.
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.
Impact: More than 100 women transported in 2019
Swiss Solidarity Innovation Grant
- Project Start (April)
- Data collection in Cambodia during the summer (cf EPFL News)
- HMP presentation at the Geneva Health Forum (April), the events “Révolution numérique et philanthropie avec Facebook” in Paris (October) and “Technologies for a brighter world” in Bern (October)