The simple, lifesaving bicycle
A young woman in Malawi wakes up coughing and has night sweats. Her mother worries that she may have TB. She knows it is crucial to be properly diagnosed and treated as soon as possible, but the nearest health clinic is miles away from the village. Fortunately, dedicated community volunteers trained by Project HOPE and the National TB Program are helping people in the village like this woman. The volunteers walk miles each way to and from the nearest health clinic to deliver samples to test for TB.
A bicycle would vastly improve the speed in which volunteers could deliver samples and test results, allowing people with TB to be diagnosed and cured more quickly. A simple bicycle could help save this young woman’s life.
Please help us buy 60 bicycles, one for each village testing site. $168 will cover a bicycle, spare parts for 1 year, training in bicycle maintenance and repair, and a box for test samples. All contributions will be pooled to purchase bicycles for the Malawi TB program. Any additional funds raised will provide further program support.
Update March 23, 2011- 56 bikes have been purchased to date!
Can you help us buy four more to reach our goal?