Updated on June 3, 2021


Created on August 27, 2015

Namibian Bicycle Ambulance

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Namibian Bicycle Ambulance transports patients to healthcare centers in Namibia.

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Product Description

Namibian bicycle ambulance is “stretcher on wheels” to transport patients, particularly those suffering from HIV/AIDS, to the nearest healthcare center. Different variation of the two-wheeled trailer can be have a “seat” section for a passenger in addition to the “bed” for the patient.

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Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Manufacturing/Building Method

Manually manufactured on-demand in BEN Namibia's workshop in Windhoek.

Intellectural Property Type

Open Source

User Provision Model

Users can get a bicycle ambulance from one of BEN's bike shops

Distributions to Date Status

Over 100 between 2006-2012.

Design Specifications

  • Extra-wide tires
  • Adjustable stretcher
  • Handle for pulling (by bicycle or by hand)
  • Sun shade

Technical Support

BEN provides on-site delivery training and ongoing field support to organizations that will use the ambulances.

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Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Vetted Performance Status



Users should follow regular traffic rules when cycling through urban areas.

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Academic Research and References

Lungu, K., Kamfosa, V., Hussein, J., Ashwood-Smith, H., Are bicycle ambulances and community transport plans effective in strengthening obstetric referral systems in Southern Malawi, Malawi Medical Journal, pp. 16-18

Simon, S., Chu, K., Frieden, M., Candrinho, B., Ford, N., Schneider, H., Biot, M., 2009, An integrated approach of community health worker support for HIV/AIDS and TB care in Angónia district, Mozambique, BMC International Health and Human Rights, 9(13)

Forster, G., Simfukwe, V., Barber, C., 2010, Bicycle Ambulances Have Impact, Appropriate Technology, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp. 13-15.

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Comments from the Community

1 Comment

  1. E4C.COMMENTS says:

    Alex says:

    In a crowded landscape, MedicMobile provides the main features that you would like to see in an mHealth solution. The software is open-source, localisable and works on simple feature phones when offline. The organisation has a focus on user-centered design which is quite refreshing. The main team based in San Francisco is complimented by a sizeable team in Africa and Asia.

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