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Background: In many rural communities, medical facilities are too far or too difficult to reach. This distance prevents pregnant women and patients from receiving the care they need and contributes to high maternal mortality rates. Pregnant women choose to give birth at home rather than risk walking in pain or riding on a motorcycle, only to give birth on the side of the road. This is unacceptable. The Okoa Project is a nonprofit based in Boston, MA and Accra, Ghana. Our mission? To develop innovative solutions to increase access to healthcare. We started as a group of women MIT engineers who were working in collaboration with Tanzanian innovation centers and community leaders to achieve this goal. Over the last five years, we developed two different styles of motorcycle ambulances, each co-designed by the Ghanaian and Tanzanian communities we partner with. We work with engineers on the ground to manufacture our motorcycle ambulances so that they are made and can be repaired locally.

Your role: We're actively building a development committee across the US to help us achieve our financial goals, as well as make connections so that more people know about us. We have a strong committee of passionate members who do what they can to help us. We welcome more. Although we meet regularly, if the meeting times are inconvenient, we will work with you when you are available.

What will you do? You will attend virtual meetings with other, like-minded individuals who believe in women helping women. You'll reach out to your network, help plan our signature fundraising events (virtual for now), bringing a hefty dose of creativity and insight. You'll network with your friends, neighbors, colleagues, and other people in your life, telling them about the important work we're doing here. You can be part of our future! Other activities include planning our annual appeal and Giving Tuesday campaign. You can introduce us to your LinkedIn connections and help target individuals who have a passion for global healthcare and women's issues. You'll help us expand our social media following.

Your take-away? You'll have the satisfaction of knowing your role helped contribute to alleviating one of the most significant barriers to healthcare for women in Africa: access to safe transportation. Now that the pandemic is easing, we are all acutely aware that no matter where we live, no matter what our ethnicity or income, we all need to be able to access medical care.

The Okoa Project is still in its startup phase. Our team is small; we welcome the support of volunteers during this crucial time in our history.

Please send an email to Rebecca Lynch at rebecca@moving.health. Include your geographical area and any personal/professional information you'd like to share with us. Thank you.

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About Moving Health

Location:

23 Drydock Avenue, Boston, MA 02210, US

Mission Statement

To connect families to healthcare when they need it most.

Description

Since 2016, Moving Health (formally The Okoa Project) has been redefining emergency transportation by addressing geographically neglected areas to address the health crises that these communities face every day by providing opportunities for safer, faster emergency care. Unlike other companies, our primary goal is to use human centered design to create solution that the communities actually want, making our solution more sustainable, cost effective, and reliable than alternative options.

Our work fills a desperately needed gap by providing sustainable, low-cost emergency transportation in areas that do not have any. Not only do our ambulances save lives, but our intersectional approach to global health and technology allows us to capture our impact with precision and create opportunities through learning and innovation.

Emergency & Safety
International
Women

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Donor Management
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing / Research
  • Merchandising
  • CSR / Volunteer Coordination
  • Community Outreach

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Up to 10 hours a month
  • Collaborative, inquisitive, passionate, creative.

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