Ford Project Better World also coming to help in South Africa
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.”
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.