 Ford delivered two Ford Rangers to Riders for Health to expand the NGO’s fleet of
motorcycles to improve essential healthcare services in rural areas of Nigeria as part
Ford’s Better World

 Riders for Health is a social enterprise that works to overcome the lack of reliable transport
for health systems in remote parts of Africa by using motorcycles to transport healthcare
practitioners and medical supplies

 The Ford Rangers will use the Ford’s open source OpenXC platform, which collects
vehicle performance, environmental conditions and location data

Riders coordinator
inspecting the activity of a courier using Ford Ranger

Ford Motor Company has delivered two Ford Rangers to Riders
for Health (Riders) in Nigeria as part of the motor company’s Project Better World, which provides
support to grassroots efforts to drive sustainable community innovation around the globe. The
Ford Rangers will be outfitted with Ford’s data-capturing OpenXC technology, a Ford Smart
Mobility project, which collects vehicle performance, environment conditions, and location data
that can be used to optimise delivery of healthcare services and supplies.

Ford Project Better World brings together multiple organizations such as Riders in Nigeria, and
social entrepreneurs to deliver health education, medication, nutrition and basic services to
thousands of underserved people in remote areas. The services will be accessed using enhanced
mobility and connectivity technologies from Ford vehicles.

Riders coordinator
on routing visit to Gwarinpa General Hospital, Abuja FCT

Riders is a non-profit organisation that seeks to make healthcare in rural African communities
more accessible by providing motorcycles for medical practitioners to use for transport. For
Riders, motorcycles allow for quicker and more affordable transportation to remote areas across
hazardous terrain. The addition of two Rangers to the Riders’ fleet is invaluable to the
programme’s operations in Nigeria as the new vehicles will also be used to deliver medical
professionals and supplies in rural areas, as well as to support Riders’ fleet of motorcycles.

“The Rangers guarantee extra capacity in mobility, allowing us more coverage,” says Ajayi
Kayode, Country Director for Riders for Health Nigeria.

“We are going to expand our patient monitoring and evaluation activities, saving a lot of money in
the process that would otherwise go towards hiring a vehicle,” adds Kayode. “We also hope to
generate additional income by leasing the vehicles to humanitarian agencies in between our own

The delivery of the Rangers supports a $75,000 investment from the Ford Motor Company Fund,
the philanthropic arm of the Ford Motor Company. These funds support Riders in Nigeria with the
education and training of local mechanics to service the entire Riders fleet of vehicles, which
include a wide range of motorcycles and cars. Riders works with the Nigerian Ministry of Health
and other health-related partners to manage their healthcare vehicles, maintaining a total fleet of 370 Ford and other vehicles. Riders for Health uses 77 Ford vehicles across six African countries
– Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, The Gambia, Malawi, and Zambia.

Courier preparing
for the day’s activity

OpenXC Technology 

Ford will also help Riders for Health improve its maintenance systems and vehicle fleet logistics
by equipping the new Ford Rangers with the company’s OpenXC sensor technology that forms
part of Ford Smart Mobility –. Ford’s plan to be a leader in mobility, connectivity, data, and

The fitted OpenXC sensor kit will record every trip the Ford Rangers make and the information
collected will provide a database of the Riders team’s routes, vehicle operating parameters and
environmental conditions like altitude and ambient pressure. This data can then be used to create
maps of remote regions, optimise routes, and track vehicle maintenance. The OpenXC kit gathers
information such as wheel speed, acceleration and altitude, as well as traffic patterns, pedestrian
data, and road conditions. For Riders, this data in invaluable.

“The Open XC technology will quicken our data collection processes, and improve our overall
efficiency,” says Kayode. “We will have quicker routes and fewer maintenance interruptions,
which will allow us to provide faster and more efficient healthcare to the communities that we
service. We will be able to deliver more medical supplies and healthcare providers to remote
regions, and on a regular basis – improving our overall coverage and making people healthier.”

of the couriers in the Laboratory confirming the Sputum Sample cup

Ford is gathering and analysing vehicle data collected by OpenXC. Learnings could be expanded
to other transportation modes – helping ambulance and emergency services providers improve
efficiency across the world.

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luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with
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Alisea Chetty
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa
+27 12 842 2707

Chipo Punungwe
Meropa Communications
+27 11 806 8119

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