Transaid is an international development charity that identifies, champions, implements and shares local transport solutions which improve access to basic services and economic opportunity for poor people in developing countries. Through combining the expertise of the UK Transport and Logistics industry with our experience in international development, we partner with local community organisations, governments, institutions and donors to achieve our aims. This collaborative approach enables Transaid to provide innovative solutions to some of the key challenges facing transport and development today. Transaid was founded by Save the Children and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and our Patron is HRH The Princess Royal.
A ROUND OF APPLAUSE TO THE HEAVY HAULAGE INDUSTRY!
In March 2016, ‘The Heavies’ kindly hosted Transaid as the beneficiary charity at the annual awards dinner. Part of the evening’s entertainment was devoted to fundraising, and guests took part in a game of ‘Heads and Tails’ and an after-dinner auction to donate an incredible overall total of £8,256! Once again Transaid would like to say a huge thank you to all of the guests for their generosity and support on the night. The money raised is essential to the continuation of the life-saving programmes Transaid implements, as well as the research and development of new projects. We’d like to highlight some of the key achievements that have been made possible through the invaluable support of guests of ‘The Heavies’, and hopefully to encourage you to support Transaid’s work in the future!
For those of you unfamiliar with the charity, Transaid is an international development charity that aims to improve road safety and access to healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through combining the expertise of the UK Transport and Logistics industry with our experience in international development, we partner with local community organisations, governments, institutions and donors to achieve our aims. This collaborative approach enables Transaid to provide innovative solutions to some of the key challenges facing transport and development today. Transaid was founded by Save the Children and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and our Patron is HRH The Princess Royal.
Transaid operates the Corporate Membership Scheme and currently has 32 corporate and institutional members involved. Members include: DHL, XPO Logistics, DAF, MAN, Malcolm Group, Yusen Logistics as well as trade associations like CILT, BITA, UKWA etc. Those partners support Transaid both financially and practically through secondment of their staff to Transaid’s overseas programmes where professional volunteers share their skills and best practice with colleagues in country.
Road crashes kill an estimated 1.3 million people every year. In Sub-Saharan Africa, road deaths are the third biggest killer behind HIV/AIDS and malaria*. Badly maintained and overloaded vehicles, a lack of legal enforcement and poor infrastructure all lead to the increasing death toll. In the last 12 months through Professional Driver Training Programmes in Zambia, Tanzania and Uganda, Transaid has trained nearly 6,000 commercial drivers, including HGV, PSV and FLT. Added to this in 2015 alone, 25 driver trainers were trained on a range of road safety disciplines. New HGV and PSV curricula, and an instructors’ manual, were developed for application in all 5 of the East African Community member states. In 2016 Transaid also expanded the road safety initiatives into Malawi, where road traffic fatality rates are extremely high, at an estimated 35 deaths per 100,000 population, compared to 2.9 in the UK.**
Transaid also works to improve access to healthcare, particularly in remote areas. Good transport is essential for accessing emergency healthcare and an estimated 75% of maternal deaths can be avoided through timely access to essential childbirth-related care (World Bank). Transaid has introduced many innovative and community-led emergency transport interventions, which have enabled people to reach medical help. These range from bicycle ambulances, ox and donkey carts, motorcycle ambulances and boats in Zambia, Malawi and Madagascar.
If your company is looking for ways to engage and inspire employees and also help to address key transport challenges in developing countries or if you would like to find out more about Transaid and how to support our work, please speak to a member of the team at the next ‘Heavies’ Awards in 2017, or visit www.transaid.org
Recruitment is now open for Transaid’s next European cycling challenge, London to Paris in September 2017! If you would like to fundraise for a great cause and take on a new fitness goal in the process, please contact Harry – email@example.com to find out more.
* World Health Organisation/ World Bank
** According to the WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015