Mar 15, 2011, 3:44 PM
The award-winning charity ‘Riders for Health’ have recently partnered with the British High Commission to enable the construction of a training and resource centre in Kanifing, which will help Riders for Health continue their important work in The Gambia.
Riders for Health have been working in The Gambia since 1986, and currently manage 90 motorcycles, 36 ambulances and 27 trekking vehicles.
Riders for Health were recently successful in being awarded £5,000 from the British High Commission towards the cost of the training centre, which it is hoped will open in February 2013 and will serve as a national centre of excellence in capacity building for drivers and riders across The Gambia.
The facility will also act as a documentation centre for road traffic accidents, helping build a knowledge base of accidents and accident prevention across the country.
Commenting, UK High Commissioner David Morley said;
“I am delighted we are able to help Riders for Health which has a proven track record in improving transport and logistics across the country, which has yielded real benefits for healthcare across The Gambia. I am confident the construction of the centre being co-funded between the BHC and Riders for Health should give rural communities across The Gambia some extra support and resources to build themselves a brighter future.”
Riders for Health Programme Director Cherno Jallow commented ;
“Riders for Health is very grateful to the BHC for awarding us funding to enable us to build a training and resource centre, which we hope will train 100 people per year and contribute to better road safety and improved healthcare access for all Gambians’.