Riders for Health have been named one of the world’s five most effective non-governmental organisations working in health by the Global Journal in their list of top 100 NGOs.
As well as being listed as the fifth most effective organisation in the ‘health’ category, the Global Journal identified Riders for Health as having the seventh best innovation, as well as placing them at number 31 in their overall list of most effective organisations.
Riders for Health is supported by motorcyclists around the world and is the official charity of both MotoGP and the FIM. Global Journal has now recognised the essential role of the organisation’s work on health care in Africa. By mobilising health care workers with reliable, well maintained motorcycles and four wheeled vehicles Riders for Health are ensuring health care reaches remote communities regularly and predictably. It is, as the Global Journal explains, ‘the “last mile” of health care delivery’.
This is the second edition of the Global Journal’s list of leading non-governmental organisations, and the first time that Riders for Health has been listed among them. Riders for Health’s co-founder, and CEO, Andrea Coleman said ‘I am very proud that Riders has been recognised in this list of incredible organisations. By naming Riders for Health among the top five in the health category, Global Journal has rightfully shown that transport is a vital part of health care. The hard work and commitment of our teams in Africa, and of our supporters around the world, is making a huge impact to the lives of millions of people in remote communities’.
Andrea added: ‘It is also very encouraging to see so many of our partners among this list of outstanding NGOs. The work that they do is extraordinary and I am pleased that we can help them to reach more people in remote communities.’
Its criteria for ranking organisations were based on innovation, impact and sustainability - three ideas that are at the heart of Riders for Health’s work. By introducing an innovative system of maintaining vehicles in rural communities, and ensuring replacement parts are distributed to where they are needed means that Riders are improving access to health care for over 12 million people across Africa. With a reliable motorcycle a health worker can reach six times as many people in remote communities with regular health care.
Riders’ work is also based on innovation in how they finance their programmes. The not-for profit approach is based on calculating the cost for each kilometre every vehicle travels. This ensures partners can budget effectively and is designed to maintain the sustainability of the programme so health care always reaches everyone who needs it.
Riders for Health’s innovative system for managing vehicles in rural communities, along with its groundbreaking funding model was developed by Riders’ co-founder and executive director, Barry Coleman, who said ‘Managing vehicles so they don’t break down is systematic, it can be done anywhere in the world whatever the conditions. There should be no excuses for vehicles breaking down in Africa because when it isn’t done, the billions of dollars the world spends on health care do not reach the people who need it.’
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