Around 400 eRanger motorcycle ambulances were bought by the Tanzanian government around 5 years ago. They were distributed to medical centres and hospitals all over the country. However, they were distributed with no formal training for would-be riders for these three wheeled machines, no stockpile of spare parts and no knowledge on how to maintain them. As a result, the majority have tragically fallen into disrepair across the country despite the urgent and pressing need for an affordable, reliable and appropriate emergency transportation system for mothers and babies in Tanzania.
Part of Pikilily's mission, is to find, rescue, repair and return these ambulances with trained riders who are also equipped with the skills to maintain these bikes, carry out first aid and if necessary (for example, during night rides), self defence. So far, Pikilily has trained a pioneering bunch of five fearless women who have risen to this challenge, ready to start the service with two eRangers that we at Pikilily have lovingly repaired. None of this progress would have been possible without our supporters so far from around the world, who have generously given time, money, parts and tools to get us to where we are now....so close to starting with just one final hurdle to go!