Supply chains are in many ways the backbone of economic development and security around the world. Ensuring that the transporters who keep them running are healthy, safe, and have access to the proper infrastructure and technology is, therefore, of tremendous importance. Without each of these critical factors in place, businesses can’t move their goods to [...]
North Star Alliance and Fleet Forum have announced ‘NSEWA’, an initiative to close the gap between health services and road safety through specially designed driver safety training and health-related programmes aimed at the Road Freight Industry.
This photo was taken on the fly while travelling the busy Mombasa highway between Machakos Junction and Nairobi (Kenya). This is the main corridor for trucks carrying goods between Mombasa and Kampala (Uganda) and you can tell that the drivers are in it for the long haul. Staying safe on this road requires skilled driving, [...]
Truck drivers face various barriers to healthy living. Because of long hours spent on the road and downtime spent at truck-stops, exercise and healthy eating often suffer. Further, access to healthcare is often limited due to the location of a clinic or hospital, inconvenient hours of operation, lack of appropriate parking, and, for cross-border drivers, citizenship. This is often compounded [...]
On 26-29 July, North Star Alliance teamed up with Art for AIDS International to pilot a series of innovative visual-arts-based HIV workshops with truck drivers and sex workers in the community of Beitbridge, Zimbabwe. These workshops, led by Art for AIDS International Executive Director Hendrikus Bervoets, use a combination of fact-based knowledge sharing, experiential learning, peer-peer [...]
Over the past month, North Star Alliance and TNT have hit the road, visiting truck stops, conferences, and office blocks across Europe to raise awareness about health, mobility, and the important role North Star Alliance’s network of Roadside Wellness Centers is playing across East, West, and Southern Africa.
Recently, “Aid or Trade”, a Dutch series about responsible business initiatives in Africa, took the time to visit our Durban office, as well as our Roadside Wellness Centre at Cato Ridge, to learn more about North Star Alliance, our programs, and our partners. The result of this visit is a wonderful four minute segment that [...]
Small and mid-sized commercial fleet operators in low-and middle-income countries often face challenges to recruit well-trained drivers. Too often, professional driving schools do not exist, there is no clear driver training curriculum and classroom-based training takes drivers off the road, reducing their productivity. In response to this challenge, North Star Alliance and Fleet Forum have [...]
With a busy 2011 well underway, we wanted to look back and share some of the exciting North Star Alliance figures from 2010. This data highlights the tremendous success and impact North Star Alliance and partners are having in transport corridor communities across Africa…Click the infographic below to see a larger version, then, let us know what you think by leaving a comment!
Every day more than 7,000 people become infected with HIV. 80% of these new infections result from unsafe sex. This Valentine’s Day North Star Alliance is working hard to support UNAIDS in their fight to ensure that everyone can #LoveSafely.