Two Wheels for Life, supported by the FIM, is working hard as COVID-19 begins to take hold in Africa.
Two Wheels for Life need now support more than ever to make sure essential supplies and tests reach remote communities by motorcycle.
The current pandemic is having an impact on the lives of everyone on the planet. And now the impact of the virus is being felt on the African continent. The population of the five African countries supported by Two Wheels for Life is accustomed to the challenges of HIV/AIDs, multi-drug-resistant TB and diseases the developed world has not heard of for many years, such as leprosy. But COVID-19 presents a new and a very real threat to communities where health care systems are already weak and a population whose health is already fragile.
The motorcycle teams that Two Wheels for Life supports are now mobilised to carry out contact-tracing in the remote COVID-19 hot-spots in Lesotho. The teams are also taking samples from test sites to laboratories for rapid diagnosis, getting midwives and other front-line health workers out to the most rural communities on very challenging terrain and supporting communities with health care information and supplies.
On a visit to Lesotho in January, 12 times World Champion, Dougie Lampkin said: “I never realized how good these riders are. They are trials riders, they just don't know they are”. For that to be said of a midwife is a source of pride for the organization."
David Nabarro, Professor of Global Health at Imperial College, London and special envoy for COVID-19 to WHO said: '“Motorcycles play a vital role in enabling remote communities in Africa to defend themselves against COVID-19 and to give them regular access to essential, community-based health services.” He added that he holds a special place in his heart for the work of Two Wheels for Life.
The current pandemic has forced Two Wheels for Life to work harder than ever but at the same time, with the cancellation and postponement of motorcycle sport, the cornerstone of their funding has been lost for now.
Andrea Coleman, Founder and CEO, Two Wheels for Life and Co-Founder, Riders for Health said: “The motorcycle community, worldwide, has supported the work of Two Wheels for Life and our operational partner, Riders for Health, for many years. We are proud to show that motorcycles can get health care to people in the most remote areas in the most challenging conditions. At this time we are concerned for the vulnerable populations we serve and we know motorcycles hold the answer to the life and death issues they are facing. Our programmes in Africa need more help and we are doing all we can to continue that support despite these demanding times.”
The Two Wheels for Life is the official charity of the FIM and MotoGP™.
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