World Bicycle Relief knows that the lack of efficient, reliable transportation adversely affects economic and social development in regions where distance is a barrier, so their work focuses is rural and remote communities. These communities are extremely vulnerable to a global health crisis with healthcare systems overburdened and out of reach for many patients. Therefore, health workers mobilized with a bicycle play a critical role in response and recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis.
WBR has responded to Covid-19 by ramping up their operations and increasing bicycle distributions to health partners. Working with local partners and governments, they are providing bicycles to frontline health workers. This allows health workers to offer expanded home treatments and patient transportation using bike ambulances. Looking ahead to the long-term effects of COVID-19, the mobility of frontline health workers will remain critical to addressing the needs of those who are being driven into extreme poverty due to COVID-19.