Goodyear has renewed its corporate membership of international development organisation Transaid for a further year. The international tyre manufacturer first pledged its support in 2015.
In a statement, a spokesperson said: “The renewal cements the company’s support for Transaid’s life-saving projects in sub-Saharan Africa, with its financial contribution providing essential unrestricted funding towards the testing and implementation of new programmes aimed at improving road safety and access to healthcare.”
Goodyear has also agreed to fund a new bicycle ambulance to support the scale up of the MAMaZ Against Malaria programme in Zambia, in which Transaid has demonstrated how a functioning supply chain can save children’s lives.
It donated its first Goodyear-branded bicycle ambulance in 2015, supporting Transaid’s implementation of a local Emergency Transport Scheme (ETS) for remote communities which had previously faced long walks on foot to access medical facilities.
“Delighted with the impact”
David Howe, Commercial Sales General Manager at Goodyear, said: “We became involved with Transaid because we wanted to help improve the lives of people in Africa, and we’re delighted by the impact we’ve been able to have in such a short space of time.
“Knowing our first bicycle ambulance has already helped to save lives made the decision to renew our support a very simple one; we are naturally very excited to get our second bicycle ambulance into a community in early in 2019.”
This latest bicycle ambulance donation will directly support a project aimed at increasing access to malaria medicines for young children, following the exceptional results from a 12-month pilot in the Serenje district in Zambia. During the trial period there were just three recorded deaths from severe child malaria – compared to the 97 deaths that would ordinarily have been expected.
Caroline Barber, CEO of Transaid says: “Our corporate members are essential to the success of Transaid, and we are delighted Goodyear has renewed its support for another year. They are a fantastic team to work with, and we are excited for what we can continue to achieve together.”
Transaid, which enjoys the patronage of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, was founded 20 years ago by Save the Children and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK). Its work focuses around a set of beliefs that every driver should be able to go out for a day’s work without the fear they may not come home due to dangerous vehicles or a lack of training; that every family should be able to access emergency health services; and that every community should be able to build skills and transform their opportunity to make a living.
For more information: www.transaid.org