Project Lead(s): Richard Lester
In rural areas of Kenya and Ethiopia, accessing MNCH services is hindered by the lack of reliable transport.
Lack of transport across vast rural areas has resulted in high rates of preventable morbidity and mortality.
WelTel studied the feasibility of using rideshare models (such as Uber and Taxify) to link women and families in rural communities in Northern Kenya and Ethiopia to health facilities for MNCH services.
Sought to adapt a rideshare application called ‘Speedsta’ for health rideshare.
Interviewed women, formal and informal healthcare providers, and private vehicle owners/drivers to assess their interest and the feasibility of the project.
Evaluated policy and legal issues required to roll out such a service.
The study found that there was a high need for reliable health rideshare in rural communities due to the high rates of MNCH mortality.
Community members (women and families), vehicle owners/drivers, and health providers had significant interest in a health rideshare program.
Private vehicle owners expressed that an SMS or app system for ride organization would improve their business and provide communities with a valuable service.
WelTel’s innovation was useful but some refinement is necessary to adapt to areas without internet connection. The project also faced liability and legal issues.