Much supported industry charity Transaid has lauded a strong year it has been for the organisation. As 2017 draws to an end, the organisation wanted to thank everyone for the support people have given Transaid this year. In a statement Caroline Barber, CEO commented:
"2017 has been an incredibly exciting year at Transaid, seeing us grow in scale and impact.
"In July we launched a new programme in Zambia called ‘MAMaZ Against Malaria’. This programme sees Transaid and our partners Disacare, Development Data and Health Partners Zambia tackle severe malaria at the community level. We are training community volunteers to identify and pre-treat severe malaria with a ground breaking new drug. We have trained over 450 community health volunteers and established a robust emergency transport scheme to take children to health facilities where they receive the follow up treatment. Reports from the field are very encouraging and clinical staff at the facilities are reporting that children's lives are being saved. Last month you would have read about baby Inness, one of many children benefiting from this project. The number of children contracting severe malaria will only increase as we move into what is commonly referred to as the malaria season in Zambia.
"The Emergency Transport Scheme (ETS) in Adamawa State, Nigeria, is going from strength to strength with well over 14,000 women having now benefitted. In November we launched a new ETS in Nasarawa State, Nigeria. This project will see the expansion of a recent pilot, and we will train over 100 Emergency Transport drivers in the next thee months, reaching many more women and building stronger local ownership and sustainability.
"In September we started important research entitled ‘Enhancing understanding on safe motorcycle and three-wheeler use for rural transport and the implications for appropriate training and regulatory frameworks’. This project sees Transaid working on access and safety issues in Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda.
"On the road safety front we are also building real momentum. We continue to support our partners in Zambia and Tanzania to provide quality professional driver training and in 2017 we were able to scale up our work in Uganda. Here we have trained trainers (practical and theory), ensured training vehicles are in place, engaged with the private sector, run a successful advertising campaign, and are now looking forward to training hundreds of drivers in 2018. We have also been busy developing guidelines for bus authorities and operators for global application.
"New initiatives we have started in late 2017 include addressing post-crash response in Uganda through a partnership with Makerere University, road safety education in Madagascar with partners NGO Lalana, and access to health in Malawi with NGO Maternity World Wide.
"The Knowledge Centre continues to grow with the uploading of new tools and training materials throughout the year. We have also been able to extend our technical knowledge sharing beyond the Knowledge Centre by providing direct support to the National Medical Stores Fund in Sudan in 2017 to help strengthen its transport management systems.
"This year we have held record breaking cycle challenges in South Africa and from London to Paris and we have just one space left for our next African cycle ride – Cycle Zambia in September 2018. We have continued to strengthen our partnerships with our existing supporters and welcomed new partners on board.
"Our power comes from our strong partnerships, in the UK and around the world. Your support allows us to work in some of the areas of the world where there is the greatest need and to support people to take charge of their own health and livelihoods. You make a difference to people’s lives in Africa every day. We are proud of all that has been achieved in 2017 and recognise that it would have been impossible to deliver alone.
"From the whole Transaid team - thank you for all of your unwavering support."