Tonight, our doer Javier is going to Kenya on a follow-up trip together with the Eezer Initiative. For ten days, the gang will visit clinics and organizations that Eezer collaborates with to reduce maternal mortality in the African countryside. They will also follow up on already delivered motorcycle ambulances that transport pregnant women to clinics when they are about to give birth.
Javier has an assignment during the trip and it is to repair a motorcycle tow. It feels fun that we at Lundgren's can be involved and help with what we are good at. Namely to weld, build and repair things. This trip is also accompanied by Bike Babes member Ulrika Bohlin, to whom we have awarded a travel scholarship. We think she's going to be an excellent Ezer Ambassador!
This is Lundgren's fourth trip to Kenya. Together with Eezer, we have been to Kenya, Tanzania and built Mc ambulances in Burundi. Already on August 24, it's time again when Richard goes on a trip to southern Kenya and Mombasa.
Maternal mortality is high in many parts of the world. In Kenya, 400 out of 100,000 mothers die in connection with pregnancy, the same figure in Sweden is 4. The UN's goal is to reduce maternal mortality in the world to 70 deaths per 100,000 births by 2030.
The Eezer Initiative is a Swedish network of individuals, organizations and companies that actively cooperate to reduce maternal mortality in the African countryside. There is often a lack of means of transport to healthcare and Eezer is trying to solve this with the help of motorcycle-based ambulances. These motorcycle ambulances must cope with the difficult terrain in the African countryside. The motorcycle trailers have been developed in collaboration with the companies Industriverktyg, Lundgren Smide and Devex Mekatronik. The goal is for the construction to be easy to manufacture locally.
Today, several motorcycle ambulances in Kenya and Tanzania, among others, are rolling ready to quickly transport pregnant women to the nearest clinic when it is time to give birth. The goal in the pilot phase 2017-2018 was to deliver 30 crews in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Congo. Based on those experiences, the goal in phase two is to manufacture another 300 crews. In addition to saving lives, the goal is to create jobs.
The financing of the project takes place partly through voluntary contributions from both individuals and companies, and partly through gifts, monthly donors and corporate sponsorship. For those who want to get involved in Eezer's work, trips are arranged where you can see and experience the business on site. You can choose to ride a motorcycle or car.
For more information about Eezer, enter into www.eezer.org