An Eezer Initiative trip
KENYA & TANZANIA
2 countries, 8 days, 1400 km
Bike: Kawasaki KLR650
Kenya & Tanzania – an emotional journey
Maternal Mortality is one of our times greatest challenges. The Eezer Initiative's main mission is to provide a safe and affordable transportation of pregnant mothers from the home to the clinic.
The reason for this trip was to go with the organisation on a development trip to some of the clinics they’re working with, visit clinics who are in need of help and deliver two new motorcycle ambulances to Tanzania.
Eezer Initiative was founded by the Swedish Aid Worker Lars Klingsbo after a meeting in a region in Kenya where they explained the problem for him, and since he has a big motorcycle interest himself the idea of a motorcycle ambulance was born in his mind.
Today Eezer has provided 25 units in Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Chad, Burkina Faso & Somalia. The goal is to build 300 units in the next step. To do this they need help.
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NAIROBI – PELEWA CLINIC
A107 and then the small road before Kajiado.
PELEWA CLINIC – NAMANGA
A104 the whole way.
NAMANGA – MOSHI
Border crossing + A107 + A23
MOSHI – OLOITOKITOK
A23 + the road that passes Mkuu + C102
OLOITOKITOK – NAIROBI
C102 + A109
The roads in Kenya and Tanzania varies a lot, but usually the highways are in really good conditions. Look out for all the speed bumps! The "roads" to the villages where the clinics are located are not really roads, more like paths. That's why it's so important with reliable vehicles for transportation of pregnant mothers in these regions.
Villages we visited
PELEWA DISPENSARY, KENYA
The first clinic we visited and the first clinic where an ambulance was placed. They've had it active for 9 months and we met an "Eezer-baby" together with her mother who had a safe delivery at the clinic thanks to the motorcycle ambulance.
A well developed clinic, but without a good way of transporting their patients. We were warmly greeted with singing and inspirational speeches about how they're building their town and village. I got to speak too, and was showered with blessings and gifts afterwards for being a biker woman. Today the village has a motorcycle ambulance and female riders.
Two active ambulances and one needed some welding. We met with the Mayor who was very grateful for the ambulances. Saw several small kids get their check ups done where their weight was written down in a little note book by the doctor.
KIBERA, NAIROBI, KENYA
Kibera is located right outside of Nairobi and is Africa's biggest slum. It was very emotional to experience what circumstances they live under, but at the same time I've never seen so many smiles from children as I saw here. We visited the slum's church where they give children food and education. We were extremely happy to being able to provide the church with enough money to keep children fed during at least a whole year.
To provide professionally assisted deliveries is extremely important in these regions, and the Eezer Initiative is helping a lot for these women who live far away from the clinic. In this way we're saving lives.
Laisa, Health Coordinator, Pelewa Dispensery
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