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Riders For Health Named Recipient of Best Transport Achievement Award

African NGO Riders for Health has been named the recipient of the Best Transport Achievement Award 2012 at the Fleet Forum Annual Conference in Geneva. The award is given to the humanitarian organisation that has inspired the membership of Fleet Forum through excellence in road safety, fleet safety, environmental impact, or cost efficiency. Riders for Health was recognized for its excellence in logistics and transport while facilitating primary health initiatives in the Gambia. The award is sponsored by UPS and was presented by UPS representative Bob Gerlach.

Riders for Health is an NGO and social enterprise focused on providing reliable and cost-efficient transportation solutions for health-focused and other humanitarian organisations who are reaching out to rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Their distinctive expertise is in managing vehicles for a wide range of organisations that deliver health care in difficult conditions. They have been active in Africa for more than 20 years. They currently support initiatives in the Gambia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe , Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Nigeria, and Malawi.

This is the first year in which the Best Transport Achievement Award has been given. The award is open to all humanitarian organisations. In granting the award, the award jury assessed applicants for effectiveness and overall impact of output, innovative ideas and techniques, wider significance and applicability to other circumstances, collaboration with stakeholders and partners, and success in overcoming technical challenges and other difficulties.

The Riders for Health project has provided better access to healthcare for 1.7 million men, women, and children across the Gambia. In accepting the award, Riders for Health Marketing Manager Victoria Blundy expressed the appreciation of the entire staff of Riders for Health and shared a short film, “Uncommon Heroes,” with the conference attendees. More information about Riders for Health may be found on their website at http://www.riders.org/.