Village health team members from 43 communities in Iyolwa, a sub-county in eastern Uganda, received brand new bicycles this month thanks to our recent fundraising campaign. Malaria Consortium launched the campaign earlier this year to provide these trained community health workers with a bicycle so that they can reach more people who may need their help.
Our fundraisers raised enough money to buy and deliver 43 bicycles, providing the volunteer community health workers with an invaluable means of transport in places where communities are harder to reach and children, who are particularly vulnerable to life-threatening diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia, may require urgent treatment.
The bicycles have increased the number of visits the VHTs can make on an average day. Previously, they would only manage to visit one or two households a day, but now they can easily carry out visits to at least five households and provide lifesaving treatment for malaria and other common childhood illnesses.
Ms Amali Mary, a VHT from Nambogo village, commented on receiving one of the bicycles, “I am so happy! You have given me a brand new bicycle that is strong. It can even carry a pregnant mother! My community is going to be so blessed by it. I will be able to reach people much faster and even go to the far places in my village,” she added.
The VHTs are trained to teach the community about sanitation, to show them how to protect themselves from disease-carrying mosquitoes and to diagnose and treat common childhood illnesses. With these bicycles, the VHTs can now ensure faster and easier access to primary healthcare for their communities.
Malaria Consortium would like to thank all the generous donors to this campaign who made the purchase and delivery of these bicycles possible. They really will help save lives.