New Chairman of transport charity Transaid urges more active role in Africa
The new Chairman of transport charity Transaid is urging the transport and logistics industry to play more of an active role in supporting the organisation's goals.¬†
Graeme McFaull, Chief Executive of Wincanton, believes much more can be done to reduce the number of road deaths in Africa and improve transport links to medical care for women and children, and says the industry has a responsibility to take action.¬†
"I am honoured to be chairman of this charity and intend to use the position to ensure the industry is doing all in its power to support the charity's projects in Africa," said McFaull who took over from John Harvey CBE, who remains a trustee of the charity.
"I am very proud of the commitment my organisation has made over the years and I know many peers have also provided essential support, but there is certainly room for improvement.
"The general public remains largely unaware that road deaths are the third biggest killer in Africa after HIV/Aids and malaria. ¬†In addition, medical help is now available in areas where it has not been in the past but pregnant women are not able to take advantage of healthcare simply because they have no means of transport."Transaid's work in Africa includes providing bus and ambulance driver training and an Emergency Transport Scheme (ETS) which encourages local taxi drivers to transport pregnant women from their village to the nearest health facility for free so they can access vital healthcare.