Using Bicycles to Save Lives

In many poor African countries that are in the fight of their lives against HIV/AIDS as well as maternal and infant mortality, the lack of affordable transport is often identified as a key part of the problem. Recent experience from ITDP's (The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy) Access Africa program along with other projects clearly shows that bicycles can play an important role in reaching health related goals and poverty reduction targets. Some of the preliminary trends identified by this article as an appropriate transport technology for the following health efforts include: immunization programs; pre-natal care; administration of ongoing pharmaceutical therapy regimes; home-based primary care for the aged and the chronically and terminally ill; AIDS education and other preventive health promotion efforts; and family planning and reproductive health.


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  • Accession Number: 01002249
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 6 2005 9:36AM