The Okoa Project
The Okoa Ambulance is a motorcycle trailer designed to transport patients in rural areas of Tanzania.
Okoa Ambulance is a trailer that can be attached to any motorcycle transforming it into an ambulance. The system can be used to transport patients in rural areas of Tanzania to a healthcare facility. This ambulance contains 3 kits: a first aid kit, a birthing kit, and a spare contingency kit. It includes a removable stretcher so that patients can be loaded into the ambulance and an extra seat for a passenger to support the patient. By summer of 2019, the Okoa Project aims to to expand to 15 communities with 100 ambulances to serve over 2000 people.
It is available for purchase after July 2019. It can be ordered through The Okoa Project website.
Patients in rural areas of Tanzania
Make to order, it has a welded steel frame, wooden panels are attached for seating and a plastic covering is added on the outside.
Users can order an Okoa ambulance through the manufacturer’s website.
How many patients can be transported per trip
The designers identified that the crucial design criteria are safety, comfort, and sustainability. For comfort purposes, a robust suspension system was designed to avoid any stillborn deaths from vibrations and bumps on the road. An extra seat was included so that a passenger can provide emotional support to the patient or help with physical care. For sustainability purposes, the trailer can be attached to any motorcycle transforming it to an ambulance. It is made from locally sourced materials so that maintenance can be done by local technicians.
Each Okoa Ambulance includes a first aid kit, a birthing kit, and contingency kits.
Provided by the manufacturer
Replaceable components include canopy, medical kits and suspension system
The Okoa Project aims to save lives by connecting people to the healthcare.
Testing was done by the students of MIT D-Lab with the help of The Olive Branch. FEA was conducted for preliminary analyses, 100 rides have been completed safely during pilot program serving 2,000 people.
Trailer should be properly attached to motorcycle when used. Speed limits and traffic laws should be respected when operating the product.
Any available motorcycle
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