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Organization Contact Information

Name: Riders for Health
Street 1: The Drummonds, Spring Hill
Street 2: Pitsford
City: Northampton
Province:
Post Code: NN6 9AA
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Phone: +44 1604 889 570
Email: rfh@riders.org
Web Site: http://www.riders.org

Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Ms.
First Name: Kameko
Last Name: Nichols
Title: Partnership Director
Email: knichols@riders.org
Phone:  

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Ms.
First Name: Hannah
Last Name: Howden
Title: Programme Manager
Email: hhowden@riders.org
Phone:  

General Information

Board Constituency: Developed Country NGO
Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Other Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
Organization Reach: International
Organization Description:
Riders for Health (Riders) is a UK not-for-profit NGO focused on providing reliable and cost-efficient transportation solutions for healthcare delivery in Africa, with emphasis on rural access. Our expertise lies in managing vehicles of all kinds for partners working in healthcare delivery in difficult conditions. We currently operate in seven countries in Africa and partner with ministries of health and other health partners.

Our programmes related to TB range from mobilising TB officers to conduct follow ups with patients (care and treatment), mobilising Environmental Health Technicians to provide health education, such as TB prevention and control, and sputum sample transportation connecting primary healthcare facilities to the nearest district laboratory for smear diagnosis, or to regional/national level for drug resistance testing.

In summary, we support TB prevention/control, as well as care/treatment. Our TB partners include MOH (National TB Programmes, Laboratory Services, Community Health, Environmental Health) as well as other TB stakeholders in the countries where we work.

We contribute to the control of TB with our sample transport system which, developed in Lesotho in 2009, ensures the timely delivery of diagnostic specimens and their results to and from central laboratories.
Using motorcycles to bring reliability, consistency and quality to the collection and delivery of samples and test results, sample transport (ST) has dramatically reduced the delay in diagnosing life-threatening diseases like tuberculosis, and has improved primary-level health service access across Lesotho. Over the course of 2009 the ST model was expanded across every district in Lesotho and has since expanded into Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and recently Liberia.

In addition, we mobilise health workers who focus on prevention education and treatment, which expands their reach and thus patient access to these services, especially in rural areas.
 
Total number of staff in your organization: 100 +
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 100 +
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 0
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 0
 
What is your organization's annual budget (USD) dedicated to TB? < $1,000
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Stop TB communications
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Network with other partners
 
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: No
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: Yes
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
Riders for Health runs local programmes across Africa and supports certain individual countries' national TB control plans by offering managed-transport solutions at a cost-recovery rate.
 

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Which WHO region is the main focus of your work: African
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)
Gambia
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Malawi
Nigeria
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Specializations

Advocacy
Delivery of health services and care
Funding, including innovative and optimized approach to funding TB Care
Research and Development
Technical Assistance

Specializations in Countries

Delivery of health services and care Gambia
Delivery of health services and care Kenya
Delivery of health services and care Lesotho
Delivery of health services and care Liberia
Delivery of health services and care Malawi
Delivery of health services and care Nigeria
Delivery of health services and care Zambia
Delivery of health services and care Zimbabwe
Technical Assistance Lesotho
Technical Assistance Zambia
Technical Assistance Zimbabwe

Contribution

Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

TB Care Delivery:
By mobilising TB officers, they are able to follow more patients and reach additional communities than on foot to deliver DOTS. Also, the environmental health technicians that we mobilise on Riders-managed motorcycles are able to deliver health prevention messages to the communities.

Drug-Resistant TB:
Riders' sample transport (ST) system allows for specimen referral to higher levels in the laboratory network where drug-resitant TB is diagnosed.

TB-HIV:
Riders' ST system is comprehensive, integrating both TB and HIV samples for diagnosis and prompt return of results, thus reducing turnaround time.

Laboratory Strengthening:
Riders' ST system not only allows for more efficient resistance testing, but also for sputum referrals for AFB smear microscopy. Our controlled and reliable system also helps increase quality control and safety.

Declaration

Declaration of interests:
none

Application date: January 28, 2011
Last updated: August 18, 2015