Improving Access to Emergency Healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa


Lack of affordable transport is a major constraint on access to emergency healthcare in rural areas of Sub Saharan Africa and one of the main barriers to achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 in these countries. Conventional ambulances are expensive to acquire and operate and this paper argues that there is a strong case for introducing lower-cost versions. The paper describes the successful trials of a motorcycle ambulance trailer (MAT) in Zambia and discusses the implications of the findings in regard to setting up an emergency transport service based on low-cost ambulances.


Dennis, R.A.; Pullen, K.R. Improving Access to Emergency Healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa. AfCAP/Cardno, Thame, Oxfordshire, UK (2015) 14 pp.

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