Chris Ategeka founded Rides for Lives to create locally-sourced medical vehicles, and to offer medical services in rural Uganda.
As an entrepreneur and inventor, Chris harnessed a deep sense of empathy for the people living in rural communities - developed in large part through his own childhood experiences in Uganda. Chris was orphaned at a young age, and one of his brothers died while seeking medical care.
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Recognizing the urgent need to help poor and isolated communities receive access to necessary healthcare, Chris envisioned a fleet of transport vehicles, along with a mobile unit that could travel to remote locations and offer medical services:
Our mobile Health unit is a refitted bus that contains three different medical stations.
Pharmacy: The pharmacy [is] attended by a full-time pharmacist and contains the most common essential medicines and interventions needed by the local community as determined by the WHO, CDC as well as carry PPE on board.
General Practitioner: A full-time general practitioner staffed to see patients daily.
The Lab: A lab has the ability to carry out tests like HIV, Malaria, cancer screenings, family planing services as well as preventative care.
Rides for Lives also recognizes the importance of helping local communities address their healthcare needs in the long term - and invests in training local healthcare professionals in an effort to create a sustainable workforce.
For more on Rides for Lives, see: http://www.ridesforlives.org/