Riders Co-Founders


British couple Andrea and Barry Coleman are co-founders of Riders for Health. Barry visited Somalia in the late 1980s where he observed a garage of abandoned motorcycles and ambulances all of which had broken down due to poor maintenance. The underdeveloped health infrastructure in Africa coupled with the risks posed to mothers and children stirred Andrea and Barry’s passion to help improve lives. They saw that well-maintained motorcycles in Africa could help mobilise health care workers and increase access to healthcare services, especially to poor remote places.

With the help of well-meaning friends and colleagues, Andrea and Barry raised money at bike rallies in England, the proceeds of which was used to acquire motorcycles, train riders and technicians to set up pilot programs in Uganda and The Gambia. Between 1991 and 1996, they had built a fleet of 47 bikes that delivered health-care services with zero breakdown. By the end of 1996, Riders for Health was fully established and had begun to expand and gain a respectable reputation across Africa.
Today, Andrea and Barry’s vision of a world in which healthcare reaches everyone, everywhere continues to improve equal access to healthcare services for over 20 million Africans.


...moving global health forward


Riders for health (Riders) is an international social enterprise working to improve the capacity and efficiency of care delivery systems in Africa. Our vision is of a world in which healthcare reaches everyone, everywhere.


Riders for Health Nigeria
RC: 943968
+234 (0) 811 9598 151
54, 4th Avenue, Gwarinpa, Abuja