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The Zambulance is saving lives in Africa

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It’s not only high tech gadgets that make a difference. Low tech devices like the Zambulance is playing a critical role in saving lives in Africa.

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The Zambulance, a bicycle-mounted portable ambulance made by Zambikes of Zimbabwe, has begun providing basic, life-saving ambulance services in early trials throughout Zimbabwe.

A simple bicycle trailer stocked with a waterproof mattress that lets patients lie flat comfortably and a curtain for privacy as well as shelter from the heat and rain, the Zambulance also has options like intravenous hangers.

Over the 4-month trial period, 40 Zambulances were used 82 tines, with 86 of those considered “life-saving”. One Ugandan community went from having approximately 30 women a year die in childbirth to none after a year of using this bicycle ambulance. Another study showed that a Zambulance saves one life for every nine days it’s in use. Numbers show that this simple, low tech device is making a big difference where it’s needed.

Debra Atlas is a freelance environmental writer and eco-enthusiast based in Northern California, and is the Red Ferret’s Ecological Editor. Debra looks for the upside of eco-change – what’s positive, making a difference. She hunts down those interesting things cooked up by creative minds, especially if they’re strange and eccentric.

Debra Atlas – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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