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Transaid looks back on 2021

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Industry charity, Transaid, has shown the resilience to drive forward with road safety and healthcare initiatives in 2021, despite COVID-19.

Transaid has continued to deliver impactful programmes in access to healthcare and road safety over the past year and despite the challenging climate, the international development organisation has also incorporated a successful COVID-19 strategy and response into several of its programmes.

Road safety

Transaid has an ever growing reputation for driver training programmes, which have been made possible thanks to sustainable and impactful partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa as well as the support from the transport and logistics industry. Transaid is regularly approached to expand its activities into new countries and recently announced the expansion of its road safety programmes into Mozambique, with support from the German government.

In June this year, Transaid launched a Kenyan National Motorcycle Helmet Coalition, working with the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and global road safety philanthropy organisation FIA Foundation, to develop a national network of key stakeholders to improve safety and reduce injury and fatalities. This major initiative forms part of the FIA’s Safe & Affordable Helmet Programme, with on-going support and development provided by the FIA Foundation.

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The project aims to reduce the severity of motorcycle-related head injuries and fatalities on the country’s roads – which has amongst the highest road traffic death rates in Africa (according to the World Health Organisation, 2018). This follows the launch of the programme’s innovative new low-cost, high-quality motorcycle helmet which meets UN safety standard 22.05, is comfortable in hot and humid climates (following extensive field-testing in Jamaica and Tanzania), and available at a target selling price of around USD20.

The coalition will engage with government, police, hospitals, the private sector, transport associations and communities across the country to develop the solutions to make Kenyan motorcycle journeys safer.

Transaid’s driver training programmes in Zambia, Tanzania and Uganda have continued at pace and 2021 saw the launch of a new three-year driver training programme in Ghana. Transaid is working with government departments to explain the rationale for driver training and the project will incorporate both the training of drivers as well as trainers. The organisation has fostered a strong relationship with Ghana DVLA to develop a HGV driver training manual and standard – Ghana’s first such manual.

Earlier this year in Zambia, Transaid worked with People that Deliver and the FIA Foundation to strengthen the country’s supply chain through to the last mile. In the country’s capital, Lusaka, Transaid is working with the FIA Foundation, Integrated Transport Planning and the World Bank on research into how to improve the city’s public transport system. Through its work with local stakeholders, Transaid is developing an understanding of last mile connectivity, the issues involved and developing a road map for improved journeys into the city.

Access to healthcare

Transaid’s access to healthcare work continues at pace and has never been more needed as many of the public health gains that have been achieved in the last decade have been lost due to COVID-19.

Transaid works to implement projects that are locally led, impactful and scalable and the MAMaz Against [email protected] programme is a great example of this. Working in partnership with DAI Global Health, Development Data, Disacare, National Malaria Elimination Centre and DHMT, the programme trains community-based volunteers, establishes emergency transport system and ensures that medicines are available when critically needed. As a result, one million people have now been reached with Transaid’s integrated severe malaria and COVID-19 response.

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Ten years in Uganda

Transaid has been working in Uganda for almost a decade and has just signed an agreement with the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) and the Uganda National Health Laboratory Services (UNHLS), to provide access to fast, quality COVID-19 screening for truck drivers at border crossings in Uganda. The programme aims to help reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19 and lessen the economic burden on transport companies by offering rapid antigen testing for drivers.

Transaid is working with Ugandan partners and using expertise from two of its existing COVID-19 projects in Uganda and Zambia to raise awareness of symptoms and prevention, tackle vaccine hesitancy and integrate road safety messages. This work will be pioneering in helping the organisation to directly support cross border truck drivers and to gather evidence to inform national and global policy.

In Zambia and Madagascar, Transaid and its partners have provided Emergency Transport Solutions, and by the end of 2021, these systems will have transported over 12,000 pregnant women and children to healthcare facilities.

Transaid’s approaches as an international development organisation are evidence based, simple and sustainable and most importantly, they save lives. Despite COVID-19, Transaid is still growing in scale and impact and the team are looking forward with confidence and hope for all that next year will bring to further enhance its lifesaving road safety and access to healthcare projects in sub-Saharan Africa.

Transaid would like to take this opportunity to wish all SHD readers a happy festive season, and to thank SHD Logistics and its readers for all of your continued support.

To find out more about corporate membership and other ways you or your company can support Transaid, please contact Florence Bearman – [email protected].

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