In a rural part of Tanzania, Claire Elsdon shares that 700,000 people rely on only ONE regular ambulance. In a country where around 24 women die every day due to pregnancy and childbirth complications, how can this be?
My colleague Kris Fant at WomenADVriders.com writes, “Imagine you are on the bus in Tanzania, and you see a thirteen year old boy having a seizure in the street all alone. No one stops to help, your bus driver won’t pull over, and you know that even if someone did stop, there’s nowhere to turn for help”.
“No 911, no ambulances, no local doctors. All you can do is drive by, watching the young boy convulse, and you’ll never know what became of him. This is the situation Claire Elsdon found herself in as she journeyed home from a meeting with a medical officer asking for her help in repairing motorcycle ambulances in Tanzania. This was not the first time she saw a way to offer support in Tanzania, but this moment certainly strengthened her resolve to overcome all of the obstacles until more services were in place. This was a call for Pikilily.” Continue reading the story, here.
Claire Elsdon, founder of Pikilily, an organization training locals in motorcycle maintenance and moto-ambulance driving, is getting a fleet of disused and broken down motorcycle ambulances back on the road. And she needs our help. Please consider donating to Pikilily. Even a few dollars will help get motorcycle ambulances on the road, and saving lives.