Partners for Development Taxi Service is a transportation system for rural Cambodians that links various villages to each other and to hospitals for emergency/mass transport. A motor bike, called a Remorque, pulls a 5.25 m2 cart that can fit about 25 people to the nearest desired location (usually a hospital or healthcare center).
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Partners for Development, through local government management and local private sector transport providers.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
If an end user or an end user's community pays the 1 USD monthly fee, they can have unlimited access to the transportation service.
Distributions to Date Status
Unknown. The scheduled route of the service results in about 4 uses every day per product. Interview with representative
Specifications: The transport network that PFD and local communities developed worked much like a public bus system. Families paid a low fixed monthly rate in exchange for regular transportation to schools, markets, health facilities and other popular destinations. Managed by the community, the system sought to leverage the high demand for inexpensive transport to create a strong incentive among community members to keep the system running for ante-natal care. The service includes a motor bike, called a "Remorque", which pulls a large cart to the desired destination. Cart dimensions (LxW) (cm): 350 x 150 (roof height not given, but can be comfortably sat under)
Partners for Development oversees their entire operation and analysis.
Some parts of the cart are repairable.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
Partners for Development plans to provide 24 hour access to transportation in rural villages that otherwise would not have access.
Vetted Performance Status
Complementary Technical Systems
Academic Research and References
Nicholl, J., West, J., Goodacre, S., Turner, J., 2007, The relationship between distance to hospital and patient mortality in emergencies: an observational study. Emergency Medicine Journal. 4(9):665-668.
Razzak, J. A., Kellermann, A. L., 2002, Emergency medical care in developing countries: is it worthwhile? Bull World Health Organ. 80(11):900-905.
Kobusingye, O.C., et al., 2005, Emergency medical systems in low- and middle- income countries: recommendations for action. Bull World Health Organ. 83(8):626-631.
Macintyre, K., Hotchkiss, D.R., 1999, Referral revisited: community financing schemes and emergency transport in rural Africa. Social Science & Medicine. 49(11):1473-1487.
Fourneir, P., Dumont, A., Tourigny, C., Dunkley, G., Drame, S., 2009, Improved access to comprehensive emergency obstetric care and its effect on institutional maternal mortality in rural Mali. Bull World Health Organ. 87(1):30-38.
Compliance with regulations