A UNICEF bicycle tour
As the Tour de France set off from Copenhagen, discover how bikes help UNICEF to go the extra mile for children.
Porter Mohammed Abu Taher transports cold boxes of measles vaccine to a distribution point in Boalkhali Subdistrict Health Complex, Chittagong District. From there, health workers will transport the vaccines to schools and outreach centres, keeping them at a constant, low temperature, maintaining the 'cold chain'. UNICEF and partners supported the government in a national measles immunization campaign targeting 35 million children.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
A community worker crosses a stream with his bike to vaccinate children in remote areas of Manono, Tanganyika Province.
Adolescent girls cycle to Savelugu Junior Secondary School in northern Ghana after receiving bicycles through a UNICEF-sponsored project. Long distances are a major barrier to girls' enrolment in school, especially at secondary level. Over the past three years, in cooperation with local education authorities and schools, UNICEF has distributed bicycles to 6,000 girls in poor rural areas who live far from school but want to continue their education.
Community health worker Tambudzai Vumisai uses her UNICEF bicycle to conduct community outreach near her home in Nyahode, Zimbabwe. Tambudzai Vumisai screens children for malnutrition. Severe drought has gripped the region in recent years putting children and critical food supplies at risk.
Fatimata Dembelé and her three children travel to Sokoroni's Early Childhood Development Centre ('Bisongo') on her UNICEF bicycle. UNICEF provided bicycles for the Bisongo teachers and leaders of the Mothers of Students Association and School Management Committee to conduct community outreach on the importance of education for boys and girls.
Kevin Marion Akol lives with HIV and is a member of the Young People and Adolescent Peer Support (YAPS) programme led by the Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF and partners. Kevin received a bicycle to help her visit young people living with HIV in rural areas of Soroti District. She cycles several kilometers each day to offer peer support.
Central African Republic
Community outreach worker Giscard Zackondo rides a UNICEF-sponsored bicycle to a health post in Bobua village, Lobaye Province. He is delivering the results of a UNICEF-supported nutrition-needs survey conducted in the area, where an estimated 80 per cent of children are malnourished.
Boys cycle to school with their new bikes in the village of Gangara, in the center of Niger. UNICEF donated 150 bicycles to the school. Some children live miles away. It saves them hours of walking.
UNICEF-procured bicycles are handed over to Ponta Gêa Health Center, Sofala Province, Mozambique. The bicycles will help local health workers to expand essential child health and nutrition services in resettlement neighborhoods and remote communities.
UNICEF delivers 50 bicycles to community promoters in the Etnia Guajira neighborhood. The community promoters make household visits each day to share messages with families about nutrition, breastfeeding and good hygiene practices to prevent COVID-19.
During the Tour de France festivities in Copenhagen, Carla Asamoah tried out a UNICEF bicycle used to transport cold boxes of vaccines to remote areas around the world. As UNICEF celebrates 60 years of its Global Supply and Logistics Hub in Copenhagen in 2022 - we would like to thank everyone who came by the UNICEF tent to learn about our work delivering supplies to the world’s children.