Could solar-powered ambulances be on the way?
A Bangladesh university works towards economical and environmental emergency care in the developing world
DHAKA, Bangladesh — First there were motorcycle ambulances and now solar-powered bicycle ambulances will be rolling into Bangladesh this year, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The new prototype will be ideal for developing communities, which don’t run off an electrical grid and can’t afford emergency vehicles. “I thought a low-cost ambulance service would be a good idea for … rural clinics. And by using solar power we can reduce operational costs and save the environment,” A.K.M. Abdul Malek Azad, the project's team leader and a professor at BRAC University in Dhaka in Bangladesh, is quoted as saying by Reuters.
The ambulance can accommodate three people and drive at a maximum speed of 15 km to 20 km per hour. [in.reuters.com].
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada uses motorcycle ambulances in its countries of operation, including Paraguay, Ghana and Ethiopia. The item is ideal for uneven dirt roads in rural towns where emergency care may be kilometres away.
Inexpensive and effective: Christian Children’s Fund of Canada use motorcycle ambulances in developing countries such as Paraguay
About Christian Children's Fund of Canada:
Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has almost 50,000 children sponsored, benefiting nearly 400,000 people around the world.