Bicycle Donation Helps Health Workers Fight COVID-19 in Zimbabwe
In rural Zimbabwe, village health workers often struggle to reach remote communities with health services and education — and access has become even more urgent during this COVID-19 pandemic. To support village health workers on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19, World Bicycle Relief — a Chicago-based nonprofit — has donated 300 bicycles to Amalima, a health and nutrition consortium in which International Medical Corps participates. The bicycles will help village health workers in four of Zimbabwe’s health districts bring COVID-19 prevention messages to communities that are most vulnerable to the pandemic.
International Medical Corps Program Director Pamela Ncube-Murakwani (left) and Acting Mangwe District Medical Officer Dr. Nyasha Hunda (right) pose with a bike on the day of the bicycle-handover ceremony.
“We know that these bicycles will go a long way toward addressing the mobility challenges that village health workers are facing,” says Pamela.
“This is particularly important right now, because as a country we are facing a COVID-19 pandemic.”
“This donation from Amalima has come at a time when we really need it,” says Dr. Nyasha. “We are ecstatic to have such a partner during these challenging times.”
Chithekile Ndlovu, a village health worker from Ndiweni clinic in Bulilima, is enthusiastic about the donated bicycles.
“We are happy to receive this gift,” she says. “We will no longer struggle to reach out to people in the communities.”