Bicycle ambulances are a proven solution to this transport barrier in remote areas where current methods of transport are insufficient in speed, safety, cost, or availability. Since July 2005, Jessica Vechakul has been collaborating with Disacare Wheelchair Center in Lusaka to develop the Zambulance
, a bicycle ambulance that can be locally produced from common steel and bicycle components.
The Zambian Ministry of Health and the WHO have ordered over 50 Zambulances
for health centers all over Zambia. Independent home-based care and hospice programs have also ordered Zambulances
. Within one month, over 50 patients were transport between home and health centers by a single Zambulance
. Given the versatility of the Zambulances
for people of all ages and health conditions, it has the potential to be a live-saving technology worldwide.