Welcome to Zambia

Dear Reader,

Welcome to Zambia. This new blog takes you straight to the ground for first-hand storytelling of the adventures, challenges and unexpected surprises that are part of the GSB’s evaluation of Riders for Health’s work in Zambia.

Health workers participating in motorcycle training during Riders for Health’s launch in Southern Province.

The GSB has 9 Zambian staff working, living and collecting data in the country’s Southern Province, a region the size of Indiana that 1.5 million men, women, and children call home. Conditions are extreme. Rain turn valleys into lakes, roads into rivers, and paralyze movement and transport for half of the year. Summer heat tops 110 degrees some days.

Through photos, videos and first-hand accounts, you will journey alongside our team as they travel by motorcycle to remote health centers, as they meet community health workers, collect data and survey the availability and condition of health-related vehicles and motorcycles.

Join Samson Muchumba for your first ride through Choma district by reading the post below.

But first, here’s a little background about our partner and the study:

A health worker administers measles immunizations in rural Zambia.

Riders for Health is a nonprofit organization focused on providing reliable and cost-efficient transportation solutions for health workers who are reaching out to rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Riders has developed a model where they manage vehicles and motorcycles with planned preventative maintenance, fuel, repair and driver training. In 2008, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation tasked Stanford University with evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of contracting out vehicle fleet management as an approach to strengthening the performance of health delivery organizations. The Stanford data collection team is working in 8 districts in Zambia’s Southern Province. Every week, Stanford data collection officers interview health workers, collect health data and assess motorcycles and vehicles at more than 120 health centers. To learn more about the evaluation, visit our website.

-Davis Albohm, Stanford Project Manager

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