This is discussion about A life-saving diagnosis: Sample Transport, reducing the time delay in monitoring and diagnosing HIV and TB..
Exciting to read about your latest innovation. Wonderful adaption of your core competencies.
Curious to know more about your growth/replication strategy. Do you run a training center to teach other organizations or govts your operational efficiencies?
Have you considered partnering with Apopo to let the rats be your diagnostic hubs?
Thank you so much for your comment - and please accept my apologies for the delayed response, I was on annual leave last week. With regards to your question on our growth / replication strategies:
Training is a core part of Riders’ work and is key to the growth and sustainability of our programmes. To support this need, we operate two specialist training academies which are located within our Zimbabwe and Kenya programmes. These centres offer a range of courses and train programme staff and vehicle users (from grassroots NGOs to government health workers) on essential aspects of preventative maintenance and defensive driving skills. The majority of our partners train through these centres, but we also offer outreach training services to those in more remote locations. In some instances, we work with an established partner who will then train other partners in a similar region. For example, before we opened our training centre in Kenya, our operational partner, Vumilia, were supported by Riders to deliver training to new partner organisations. We have recently developed a short summary impact report of our training programmes, which I will be more than happy to e-mail if you are interested in reading more about this area.
To further support our programme staff Riders is also working to develop a cross-programme mentoring scheme, which gives staff members the opportunity to visit other programmes and learn from existing operations. We believe in developing in-country capacity and building local skills, as this will help to embed a culture of preventative maintenance and demonstrate the potential of reliable transportation in healthcare delivery.
I hope this answers your queries – I will look into Apopo and find out for you.
Congratulations on being selected a Finalist in the Making More Health competition! Very novel idea! The rapid transport of diagnostic samples improves the the quality of diagnosis. It appears that ongoing costs are sustainable, but would project expansion require aid/donations? Or how would you sustain expansion?
-From the BI Judges Panel
The ST programme is the result of a public-private partnership that utilises either partner or grant funding to finance the capital set-up costs (the purchase of motorcycles, backpacks, protective gear and training) but which will ultimately hand over financial responsibility of ongoing running costs to the respective partner.
To sustain expansion, Riders work closely with a number of organisations to secure a Memorandum of Understanding for the introduction of ST. If partners are unable to fund the set-up of the programme, then Riders will approach funders in order to raise the capital needed. Where possible, we aim to build on existing infrastructure, as this minimises set-up costs. For example, in Nigeria, we are currently looking to expand our ST model where the maintenance/workshop infrastructure already exists. Here, we are in the process of securing grant funding to finance project set-up, but this will be significantly reduced by maximising the potential of our existing resources.
Finally, as Riders moves forwards and grows as an organisation, we are investigating new fundraising initiatives that will be specifically focused on supporting the development and expansion of our ST programme.
I hope this answers your question, if you’d like any more information please don’t hesitate to contact me.