Mobility may be something that citizens of developed countries take for granted. Yet for the 40-60% of people in developing countries who live more than 8km from a health care facility, or for poor urban dwellers who must spend up to five hours daily commuting in order to make a living - safe, clean, and affordable transport is a necessity” (Katherine Sierra, Vice President, Sustainable Development, The World Bank)
In most African rural communities, young women are responsible for collecting water and firewood. Head loading is very common. This puts strain on the neck, compressing the spine, often causing long term damage. A bicycle can carry heavy goods instead of head loading, preventing long term ailments and promoting good health. They are also invaluable for travelling health workers coping with the AIDS epidemic.
Story from the field
Moses Musukubili is the manager of the Hard Working Men’s bicycle shop, on the outskirts of Katima Mulilo, a town in Namibia’s Zambezi region. Moses is an HIV/AIDS home-based care volunteer with Catholic AIDS Action, who runs a bike shop that supports street children, helping them gain access to healthcare, education and nourishment three times a week.