Namibian Bicycle Ambulance

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About this medical device
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Status Prototype
Made? No
Replicated? No
Designed in Namibia
Replicated in Africa
Health topic Road traffic accidents
Health classification Preventative
License data
Hardware CC BY-SA 4.0
Documentation data

Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

Villages in Namibia and other parts of Sub-Saharan Africa are often long distances from clinics and hospitals. There is an immense need for emergency medical transportation that is cost effective, but still able to quickly transport patients in need of emergency care.

Detailed description of the solution[edit | edit source]

The prototyping phase has produced two different bicycle ambulance devices. The first is a large ambulance that has a removable stretcher. The second is much smaller with a fixed-angle stretcher that is also removable. Both are affixed to the back of a bicycle. The group for this project, Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) Namibia, is a not-for-profit company that is working with partners to determine which style is most appropriate for their application.

Relevance to developing country settings[edit | edit source]

This device is designed for use in developing settings such as Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically Namibia.

Designed by[edit | edit source]

  • Designed by: Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) Namibia.
  • Manufacturer location: South Africa. Michael Linke is the Managing Director.

Funding Source[edit | edit source]

This device receives philanthropic funding through Design for Development.

References[edit | edit source]

Internally generated reports[edit | edit source]

"Bike Ambulance Project Launched in Namibia." (Sep 2007). Design for Development. Link available here.