Emergency health care is a human right which is scarce in developing countries. TukAid, which plans to launch in Nigeria and Kenya then expand across Africa, aims to provide affordable ambulances for people in need because ambulances are expensive.
Founded by Victoria Martynova, Jamie Boon and Edwin de Wit, ‘TukAid’ turns normal tuk-tuks into ‘Tuk-tuk Ambulance’ for better and faster emergency care in places where normal ambulances are not affordable.
The Industrial Design Engineering students at the Hague University of Applied Sciences argue that ambulances are not only rather expensive, they are locations where they cannot easily be used therefore the ‘TukAid’.
Using the kit, a tuk-tuk can be fitted with medical and technical equipment and with a made-to-measure stretcher that can be produced relatively easily in the local area. The resulting emergency vehicle can then be used in densely populated refugee camps or in disaster zones, for instance, where a standard ambulance would not be able to go but where a rapid response is crucial.
Jamie Boon and Edwin de Wit recently took part in the international youth summit One Young World in The Hague and TukAid won The Resolution Project Award for the best socially-responsible project with a big positive impact.