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Barry Coleman

Barry Coleman holds a BA in Philosophy, Manchester. He is a former journalist at The Guardian; a contributor for the BBC; and an observer, Forbes and the Sunday Telegraph. Barry has work experience as an editor, motocourse and communications consultant. Barry has been with Riders for Health since 1996. He is a member of Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the Skoll Foundation for Social Enterprise. Barry received multiple awards such as Hero for Global Health, Time magazine (2005) and Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Ernst & Young (2006-07).

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Riders for Health
Hybrid Social Enterprise
United Kingdom
Areas of Impact
Europe, Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Gambia, Lesotho, Kenya, Nigeria

Riders for Health

Riders for Health manages +1,000 vehicles involved in direct healthcare delivery. Its innovative transport systems incorporate driver training, daily maintenance, fuelling supply-chain logistics for replacement parts, and regular preventative maintenance. Outreach health workers mobilized by Riders for Health see three times the number of people they could without a Riders motorcycle, and can visit five times as many villages. This increased productivity represents better healthcare service delivery through increased frequency of interaction between health workers, communities and people needing healthcare.

As a result, outreach health workers travelled more than 3.2 million kilometres in 2010 alone. A conservative estimate shows that 11 million people are better able to access healthcare thanks to Riders’ programmes. The organization places great emphasis on building local capacity to manage and maintain its vehicles. This enables Riders to operate fleets of vehicles in the harshest conditions with a 0% breakdown rate for five years or longer.

The system demonstrates that a properly managed vehicle will save more than 50% of costs over a six-year period, compared to an unmanaged vehicle. Riders for Health currently operates on a national scale in Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Gambia in full contractual partnership with their health ministries. It works on a sub-national scale with partner agencies (NGOs, UN agencies or community-based organizations) in Lesotho, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria.


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