Organized by: Jamie Lynne Boutilier
EVENT DATE Jul 01, 2015
Mobilife provides sustainable ambulance services to areas of the world that lack heatlhcare emergency transportation. We do this via a two-tiered business model that engages the vehicles in revenue-generating commerical transport uses during downtime, whilst ensuring that they function reliably in health emergencies.
Lack of affordbale emergency transportation is a global problem, and it is not a new issue. In the past, charities have donated ambulances that sit outside of health centers, unavailable in emergencies, because they have rotted into disrepair with no budget for maintenance or fuel. We recognize that while ambulances are rarely needed in rural communities, when they are needed, time is of the essence and can make the difference between life and death. Similarly, many of the very same communities have broader unmet transportation needs.
Motorbikes and tuk-tuks are the most common forms of transportation in the developing world, and so we can lower costs and capitalize upon operations and processes that already exist by providing add-on trailers that can be used to transport patients and commercial goods. Thus, we will create networks of drivers who can respond to medical emergencies, the costs of which can be cross-subsidized by the additional revenue that our commercial model generates.
The idea of cross-subsidizing ambulance services with revenue-generating activities during downtime is a novel one, and we have received great feedback and encouragement from the premier transport organizations in Africa. Over the summer, we will conduct research for a pilot program to be rolled out in Ghana this fall. We have recently finalized an incredibly promising partnership with a native Ghanaian doctor, who has worked with the WHO and the Gates Foundation.
Our team of four Oxford MBAs has committed to launching this non-profit organization, because we believe so strongly that lack of access to emergency health transport is an unacceptable global problem with dire economic consequencs that urgently needs to be addressed to help lift communities out of poverty. Equally as strongly, we believe that our team and partners have the talent to solve it.
I ask you to please consider making a small contribution to allow us to complete pre-pilot primary research in poverty-stricken northern rural Ghana this summer. It is essential that we lay the groundwork for our operations and test our assumptions, tweaking them to meet the needs of locals and would-be customers. All donations will help cover our business and operational expenses.
We are committed to this cause for the long term, and we assure you that we will work relentlessly over the summer to demonstrate success and readiness for our pilot launch thereafter. Your donation will enable our work, without which the unacceptable status quo will unfortunately remain.