Health Riders are helping mothers in rural Lesotho to avoid having to walk for three hours to get their children vaccinated. This film looks at the pioneering and essential work of a bunch of nurses who have learned to ride motorbikes in order to deliver health care to the masses of people who live in remote parts of Africa.
This innovative ideas allows nurse Thabiso Phoka to reach his patients by motorbike across rough terrain. But the mountains in Lesotho still prevent him from riding his motorbike down some steep slopes.
This is the first part of six short films which tell the story of what it takes to be a Health Rider. They have to combine knowledge of a range of health issues with how to ride a motorbike up a mountain and the basics of being a mechanic if the bike breaks down while on the daily rounds in an inhospitable part of Lesotho.
The mission of the Health Riders is to prevent someone from dying of an easily preventable or curable disease because they cannot be reached because of the barriers of distance, rough terrain or poverty. They strengthen heath systems by addressing one of the most neglected, yet vital aspects of development for the health of Africa – transport and logistics.