Tell us about your partnerships
ST is a multi-stakeholder project that can only work as a partnership operation and Riders continues to work closely with partners in Lesotho, Zambia and Zimbabwe to develop an appropriate service that meets identified needs. Riders has learnt the importance of stakeholder involvement and the practicalities implicit when developing such a project. Communication is essential and all programme targets are developed as an integral part of partnership agreements. Such a constructive working relationship is pivotal to the overall success of the ST programme.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?
Riders’ work is focused on improving health care access for rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. We work in eight countries, all of which are within the lowest 25% of the 2011 Human Development Index. Within this scope, the ST programme supports people living with HIV/AIDS, the early infant diagnosis of HIV and the expedited detection/treatment on TB. At present, the ST model operates across Lesotho and in regions of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Riders continues to target markets in existing and new country territories that will benefit from improved laboratory access at a primary level.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
Every year, 1.8 million people die from HIV/AIDS, with 20% of deaths due to co-infection with TB. Riders believes that if we are to overcome such challenges, we must support health-focused organisations in strengthening their delivery platforms. The ST model is a prime example of this ethic. Throughout programme development, Riders listened to and learnt from those working on the ground. Driven by our belief in transport for development, we developed a bespoke solution that enabled us to better serve our partners and respond to their specific needs, whilst retaining focus on our core mission statement. Leveraging 20 years experience towards this new challenge, we have created a sustainable solution that expedites the detection, diagnosis and treatment of HIV/AIDS and TB.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
Riders are continuously looking to improve the efficiency and quality of the service we offer so as to leverage a positive health impact. We often work with external consultants on a pro bono basis, who have supported us in areas of operations, fundraising and law.