Breaking barriers to care: distance and cost

With the ambulance program, our approach is two-fold: reduce the physical distance to health facilities and eliminate the cost of transport. This innovation, directly incorporated in the Integrated Primary Care Program, uses retrofitted tri-motorcycle ambulances to transport pregnant women across bumpy roads during emergency situations, at no cost to the patient 

Patients in rural Togo can live 15 miles away from the nearest health center 

10,000 FCFA (16 USD) is the cost for a patient to be transported from the Kouyoria health center to the Pagouda hospital (16 miles)

Free and reliable transport

We eliminate two major access barriers, the physical distance to medical centers and the cost of transport. This significantly improves access to urgent medical care, especially for obstetric emergencies, ensuring that critical health services are not just available but also accessible and affordable.

Building skills and community ownership

Training programs for drivers and Community Health Workers enhance community skills and capacities. Community ownership is also central, with the community selecting their driver and responsible for maintenance of the ambulance.

Government partnerships and policy

We collaborate with the Togolese government to integrate the Ambulance Program into the national healthcare strategy. We also leverage our on-the-ground experiences to inform health policies and advocate for systemic changes.