The Okoa Project connects people to the healthcare they need by collaborating with communities to engineer context specific solutions. Since its inception in 2016 at MIT and incorporation as a nonprofit in 2018, we have developed two motorcycle ambulance designs with community partners in Tanzania and Ghana and introduced processes, organization, and professionalism across the organization. Now as we continue to grow, we are gearing up to expand our Board of Directors.
Lack of transportation is one of the major reasons people around the world are unable to access medical care. In most rural areas, neither the funds nor the vehicles exist to navigate the terrain to the clinic without exacerbating the patient’s health issues. The exact number of fatalities, crippling injuries, and neglected treatments resulting from these problems are unknown, but the maternal mortality rates can show insights into the breadth of the problem: 830 women die of preventable pregnancy complications each day, 99% of them in developing countries.
In focusing on geographically neglected areas, we address the health crises these communities face every day. We use human- centered design together with the community members to create solutions the communities actually want, making our approach more sustainable, cost effective, and reliable than alternatives. Our work fills a desperately-needed gap by providing sustainable, low-cost emergency transportation in areas that have none. Not only does the Ambulance save lives, but our intersectional approach to global health and technology allows us to capture our impact with precision and create opportunities through learning and innovation.
Board members are expected to serve a term of two years, attend 5 board meetings per year and host /co - host various events for the organization. Members make The Okoa Project a philanthropic priority, including fundraising for and/or making annual gifts to the nonprofit. Any interested candidate should reach out to Eva Boal at email@example.com to learn more about available board member positions.
The Okoa Project is currently seeking leaders who are excited to help our entrepreneurial organization scale our ambulances in Ghana and help us envision future innovations to make healthcare more accessible to those in immediate need. We are looking for a trusted advisor to the ED, to consult during board meetings and as needed on strategic plans for expansion, fundraising, and financial matters. An ideal candidate will have experience in at least one of the following fields:
Please email Eva Boal if you are interested! We are looking forward to bringing more great people into our organization.
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