Motorbike power improving safety and health access

A NEW training centre opened by Riders for Health in the Gambia will help train more health workers in riding motorcycles, with a spin-off benefit of improving road safety, campaigners say.

According to the Make Roads Safe campaign, vehicle crashes are the leading global cause of death for young people aged 10–24 and by 2015 will be the leading cause of premature death and disability for children in developing countries aged five or older.

In the Gambia, Riders for Health manages the government’s fleet of healthcare vehicles. The new centre will focus on rider and driver training.

The group is a UK-based charity that manages health delivery in seven African countries, reaching about 12 million people in remote areas.