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Motorcycle Ambulances in Africa

4
January
2005
  Posted at 07:00:00 AM
  File under  Suzuki Travel Yamaha
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Somewhere in the Desert

Yamaha Tenere Ambulance by Gignac school
French motorcycle magazine, Moto-Magazine, have a special article on motorcycle ambulances in Africa.

Not Emergency Medical Services (EMS) on motorcycles as we see here in Europe, Asia or North America, where a doctor uses a motorcycle to quickly get to an accident, but real ambulances !!


In some remote areas in the country of Mali, villages are so isolated that transportation is a problem. Often they are in areas even 4x4 cars can't access, or would take to long (plus cars are more expensive).

Yamaha Tenere and Suzuki DR Ambulance by Gignac school
So a French technical school in Gignac (Herault) produced an ambulance based on a Yamaha Tenere off road motorcycle..The school had already produced an ambulance based on the Suzuki DR motorcycle.

The project lasted 2 years, and finally the school drove the bikes using a 4x4 car from France to Mali and delivered it to the villages. There, the two ambulances have been put to full use.

Personally, I love these kind of projects. I wouldn't want to have broken ribs and have to lie in one of these ambulances going through the rough terrain, but then someone in Mali would probably not even have to take an ambulance if all they had was a few broken ribs..NoNo





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