I'm excited to be a new volunteer with an emerging non-profit based in Vancouver, BC. Design For Development is dedicated to using the design process as a problem-solving tool to address issues in poverty-stricken areas of the world.
In 2007, DFD worked with two Emily Carr University student interns to create the Bambulance. And now, the Bambulance is a finalist for the 2009 Index:Award Design To Improve Life.
The Bambulance is a bicycle–pulled emergency medical transport device created in response to the lack of safe, affordable and sustainable healthcare transportation in underserved communities in the developing world.
With the aim of saving lives by improving emergency transit times for communities where motorized transport is unavailable or inappropriate, the Bambulance is a cost-efficient and sustainable trailer and stretcher combination, pared down to essential materials. Composed almost entirely of bamboo, bicycle inner tube, and reused trucking tarp, the Bambulance is designed to be affordable to community members, utilizing local materials and trade skills in its construction.
Inspired by skin-on-frame building techniques, the chassis frame and stretcher are fabricated using simple hand tools and craft processes, making the parts easy to assemble and disassemble for repair and replacement. Bamboo – an underutilized locally available resource in Western Kenya and other African regions - is inexpensive, sustainable, lightweight and strong.
With the initial...