Ford Project Bet­ter World also com­ing to help in South Africa

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FORD Mo­tor Com­pany had in­tro­duced the Ford Project Bet­ter World in its 17th an­nual Sus­tain­abil­ity Re­port; with South Africa and Nige­ria to pi­lot pro­grammes that will unite sev­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions to de­liver goods and ser­vices to un­der­served com­mu­ni­ties us­ing enhanced mo­bil­ity and con­nec­tiv­ity in­no­va­tions

In South Africa, spe­cially equipped Ford Rangers will de­liver health ed­u­ca­tion, medicine and nutri­tion for 20 000 chil­dren and 10 000 adults.

Two mod­i­fied Ford Rangers will work as mo­bile clin­ics to de­liver health ser­vices, dis­pense med­i­ca­tion for chronic con­di­tions, and monitor the growth of chil­dren in South Africa.

The in­for­ma­tion gath­ered will aid agencies in track­ing the health of chil­dren and help with pro­tec­tive ser­vices. Each truck is equipped with con­nec­tiv­ity tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing a dual-bat­tery man­age­ment sys­tem that pow­ers a video projector, mo­bile re­frig­er­a­tor, tablet com­puter and other equip­ment to en­able child health care, pro­tec­tion and gen­der-based vi­o­lence aware­ness cam­paigns.

In Nige­ria, Ford is work­ing with Rid­ers for Health to strengthen health-care ac­cess by train­ing the group’s tech­ni­cians to main­tain their mo­tor­cy­cles, four-wheeled ve­hi­cles and trucks in or­der to de­liver med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als and sup­plies to peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas and ex­tend the amount of time ve­hi­cles are in ser­vice. The ve­hi­cles will be equipped with sen­sors and Ford’s OpenXC tech­nol­ogy to col­lect data de­signed to make Rid­ers for Health work more ef­fi­ciently. OpenXC tech­nol­ogy will also help cre­ate the first ac­cu­rate maps of re­mote ar­eas of the west African na­tion.

Ford Mo­tor Com­pany and its phil­an­thropic arm, Ford Fund, have worked for decades on mul­ti­ple projects glob­ally to ad­vance hu­man wel­fare; Project Bet­ter World is the lat­est ex­am­ple.

“At Ford, we are look­ing be­yond the tra­di­tional role ve­hi­cles play in so­ci­ety and are ag­gres­sively pur­su­ing so­lu­tions to ad­dress the hu­man chal­lenges faced around the globe,” said Bill Ford, ex­ec­u­tive chair­per­son.

“Those chal­lenges take us to re­mote ar­eas where we can use ad­vanced ve­hi­cle and con­nec­tiv­ity tech­nolo­gies to change peo­ple’s lives and make the world a bet­ter place.”

PHOTO: AL­WYN VILJOEN

The go­ing might be tough, but two mo­bile clin­ics built on the new Ford Ranger (shown) will dive right in to help de­liver health ed­u­ca­tion, medicine and nutri­tion in South Africa.

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