Okoa is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to connecting women and mothers to the healthcare they need by developing practical, sustainable, and community-centered solutions to help them give birth safely. Our mission began when a rural community in Tanzania was searching for a way to save their mothers and young women; rates of maternal mortality were high, and clinics and hospitals were far away and difficult to get to. The engineering team, with the input of the community, designed a motorcycle ambulance to take their pregnant women to a hospital or clinic to give birth with a skilled birth attendant. Our ambulances are specifically designed to operate on nearly unnavigable rural roads and intentionally assembled so that all repairs can be made within the community, and at both of our country hubs we strive to provide meaningful jobs in our workshops.
Our objective is to improve maternal health outcomes by manufacturing ambulances that connect women to essential healthcare, particularly for childbirth but also for pre- and post-natal care. Our ambulances were designed to quickly and affordably bring women in labor to the closest healthcare option with the goal of increasing the percentage of births attended by a skilled health professional and thereby decreasing maternal mortality rates.
Of course, it’s not only soon-to-be mothers that take our ambulances; by the end of this year, we will provide as many as 82,000 people across our two posts with access to life-saving healthcare. As we grew, we realized the need for general emergency transport, and so provide our services for the ill and injured as well.
The responsibilities of the Grant Coordinator are to help us maximize our impact by helping us with the following:
Conducting prospect research for grants, foundations, and major donors
Helping to improve our organizations success rate by finding opportunities that match our mission
Helping to evaluate our chance at success of receiving the grant
Assembling and organizing grants, proposals, budgets, and presentations
Maintaining calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports.
To increase access to healthcare in vulnerable, rural areas.
Rural villages in Tanzania and other developing countries are often miles from medical care facilities. Due to cost and road conditions, locals often do not own vehicles equipped to transport a person with a medical emergency for long distances. We are filling this gap. Our solution is a motorcycle ambulance with a dynamic attachment mechanism to fit onto any motorcycle in the area. This turns any motorcycle vehicle into a life-saving patient transport device. Our ambulance is made of locally sourced, affordable materials to transport one driver, one patient, and one additional person to the nearest hospital. With the addition of our product to the villages in Tanzania, we hope to be able to reduce fatalities and improve quality of life, using a realistic, affordable, and versatile patient transport device.
Emergency & Safety
Health & Medicine
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