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Connecting rural communities to essential health services

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Kim van der Weijde, Program Manager at Transaid, discusses how improving access to transport has enhanced wellbeing, health education and livelihood in developing countries.

Kim van der Weijde is Transaid’s project manager. She has a history in public health and biomedical sciences, which has led her into her current specialty of access to health and emergency transport. More recently as a project manager at Transaid Kim has experience researching the benefits and disbenefits of motorcycle taxis in DRC during her co-leadership of previous ReCAP research. She has managed projects focused on improving access to health through a focus on the emergency transport systems (ETS), ensuring that the most rural populations have a means to reaching care and researching the opportunities for integrating public transport, such as 3-wheelers and minibuses, into local emergency evacuation plans. Kim also has recent experience in research focused on women’s rights and safety in transport and is currently researching the role of transport and transport actors in human trafficking in Uganda and Tanzania as a part of a great High Volume Transport (HVT) project.

Prior to this, Kim  spent significant time focused on the introduction and uptake of malaria medication in sub-Saharan Africa, working with policy makers, regulators, researchers, international organisations, implementers and communities to ensure that quality and affordable medicines were made available to the most vulnerable populations.

 

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