MotoAid Asia Pacific

Getting health care where no one else will go

About

MotoAid.

Program

Our aim is to enable health care workers in developing countries to have access to safe reliable transport. Our program stands on the principle of Zero Breakdowns. To do this we use a transport management system that has been proven to work. Originally developed by Save the Children, this transport management program, operating in Africa under “Riders for Health” and TransAid, working with both governments and NGO health services in sub Saharan Africa for over 20 years providing reliable, cost effective and practical transport for health focused organisations. The system is based on providing low cost reliable transport for health services. It has four main parts. The selection of vehicles for the fleet, the training of health personnel to safely drive or ride the vehicle, the implementation of an ongoing maintenance schedule and the implementation of an accountable financial management system.

The combination of correct vehicle, safely ridden and well maintained helps health care workers have reliable transport at minimum cost and contributes to break down the barriers to health that many organisations battle with.

Access to health care is a human right. Transport is the crucial, complex link upon which a health care system depends. Lives depend on the availability and affordability of transportation for both preventative and emergency care. In the districts and even is areas around main towns, the road conditions in Timor make transport both challenging and expensive. Our goal is to work with health care organisations to reduce these barriers by ensuring the transport services needed are available, well maintained and affordable. Working in partnership with health providers, we will develop a systematic and comprehensive vehicle access and maintenance system that is run and maintained by the organisation, ensuring sustainability.

Right Vehicle.

We know that an increased use of motorcycles instead of large four wheel drive cars can significantly improve the reliability of transport, improve access in difficult areas and reduce the cost of transport across the organisation. The right motorcycle can allow a health worker to access patients in conditions where a car can’t safely go. Motorcycles are cheap to buy, cheap to run and easy to maintain. They withstand the harsh conditions in Timor both in the wet and dry seasons. With our knowledge of the motorcycle industry we are able to help with the selection of vehicles that are the most appropriate to meet your needs. Motorcycles cannot replace cars in all situations but their introduction as part of the organisations transport fleet can improve access and significantly reduce costs.

Rider training.

With correct training, health personnel can learn to ride safely. Training includes how to ride in all conditions. It stresses rider safety by increasing knowledge and skills around how a vehicle works, conditions to avoid and the importance of safety gear at all times. Helmets and protective clothing are essential for safe riding. Education and knowledge can change attitudes and behaviours resulting in increased safety for health workers. This behavioural change can be shared with the community. Experienced riders from Australia will come and train your health workers to be safe riders.

Vehicle Maintenance.

Daily maintenance and understanding how the vehicle works gives riders confidence in their vehicle and in themselves. It improves their capacity to get themselves to where they are needed, providing health care. Regular maintenance is preventative. Its aim is to prevent major damage to vehicles caused by wear and tear. This reduces the ongoing costs of vehicles and reduces the number of breakdowns that impact on the ability of health workers to continue their work. By regularly maintaining vehicles, time lost is significantly reduced. Well maintained vehicles are safer. We will train health care workers to complete daily maintenance checks on their bikes. This increases their knowledge of how to stay safe, gives them a system for recording and reporting any damage or faults and ensures the bike stays safely on the road. Any defect or damage is systematically reported. The goal is zero breakdowns. Together with you we will train local Timorese to take on this training role. This meets the need to ensure the service is sustainable. These skills can be passed on to the community, improving the safety and skills of all people on the roads in Timor.

Financial Management.

Financing the cost of transport is an essential part of any health service. All services must be financially accountable and viable. Due to the multiple parts of the system, the cost of transport for a health service can be difficult to both budget for and account for. Costs include vehicles, fuel, parts, maintenance and repair. The initial cost of a vehicle is clear. The cost of fuel is clear and the cost of fuel per kilometre can be calculated. The difficulty is in calculating the cost of a vehicle over it’s lifetime. This cost includes not just fuel, parts and initial cost but also the saving to the community of the vehicle being on the road delivering a health worker to provide a health service. The cost to human lives if transport is not available to provide an essential health service cannot be calculated. The benefit of having a sustainable, reliable transport system as part of a health service is invaluable.

Benefits.

The most significant benefit is to the community. Health workers have dependable reliable vehicles available to them. Vehicles will be available and reliable allowing patients to be transported between services without delays thus improving health outcomes.

With reliable vehicles, health workers have more time to spend with their communities delivering health care services. Increased mobility of health care workers enables them to reach the most isolated communities and deliver health care, diagnosis and treatment for more people across Timor Leste.