International The Gambia (AAITG) has recently donated ten brand new motorbikes
to its global fund partner Hands On Care (HOC) at a ceremony held at the
ActionAid ground in Kanifing.
The motorbikes provided are to be given to extension workers to help people who are less privileged to access health care services in the regions to combat HIV/AIDS.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, National Aids Secretariat director Saikouna Sagnia said the main purpose of donating the motorbikes is to ensure that services to people are efficiently and appropriately delivered.
He appealed to the beneficiaries to ensure that the availability of the mobility impact the lives of the people they serve, saying they will continue to count on their dedication and commitment in ensuring that the much needed services are delivered in the best way possible to the people who need them.
Mr. Sagnia expressed gratitude to ActionAid International for providing funds for the purchase of the mobility, saying they provided the assistance to ensure that nobody is left behind when it comes to HIV/AIDS services in the country. “I hope you will maintain the motorbikes for the purpose they are given to you. I also want to take this opportunity to thank the partner suppliers for working meticulously with ActionAid in ensuring that the motorbikes are fit for the purpose,” he said.
David Beardsley, a supplier and representative of West Africa Power Sport said the buyers of the mobility have made a good choice, saying AJP motorbikes are made in Portugal though they are not well known in Africa. “These are the first ones to come to The Gambia but I can assure you that they are better than many of the other brands. The motorbikes were designed and built by riders who have deeper understanding of motorbikes. Their factory is a state-of-the art one and not only do they make bikes but know and ride them.”
Executive director of Action Aid International The Gambia Omar Badjie said the fight against HIV/AIDS is a war that they can never lose because of the negative impact it can inflict on “our economy and social relationship.”
Mr. Badjie said economically, HIV targets the active people who are supposed to be actively working to make the economy grow. He said if people in active work force were affected, they would not be able to participate fully in national growth and development.