Chevin donates RoadBASE software to support work of North Star Alliance in Africa
The donation follows a meeting between the two parties at the annual international aid conference, the Fleet Forum in Geneva, and will allow North Star Alliance to more effectively manage a new fleet of Mobile Wellness Centres (MWCs). These MWCs will bolster the organisation's existing network of roadside health clinics which are situated at transport hotspots throughout Africa, to provide long-distance truck drivers with sustainable access to basic health care.
Africa's long-distance truck drivers, sex workers, and surrounding communities located along main transport corridors are at high risk from communicable diseases, including sexually transmitted infections such as HIV. As the majority of freight in Africa is transported by road, it is essential that long-distance truck drivers are healthy in order to keep this fundamental industry alive.
Commenting on the donation from Chevin, North Star Alliance's executive director, Luke Disney, remarked: 'Chevin's generous donation to North Star Alliance will be an invaluable asset when we launch the MWCs, enabling us to track and monitor these vehicles as they travel around various African countries. Our roadside health clinics provide vital healthcare to groups that usually find it difficult to access conventional provision. The introduction of MWCs will give us more flexibility to travel to hard to reach hot spots where clinics are not yet available further increasing accessibility.'
RoadBASE will provide up-to-date and accurate data, primarily relating to vehicle maintenance and driver management on its fleet of MWCs that will be will travelling across the continent. RoadBASE will allow North Star Alliance to quickly access maintenance and performance reports and gain clear visibility over MWC assignments and utilisation.
Ron Katz, Chevin Fleet Solutions' senior vice president for North America, said: 'We feel privileged to help the North Star Alliance carry out its important work. RoadBASE provides an ideal solution for geographically dispersed fleets, like North Star Alliance's, that often work in rural or dangerous locations. RoadBASE also benefits aid organisations with its multilingual capabilities and the flexibility to adapt the software to the organisation's changing needs. Chevin's long-term commitment and significant client base in the humanitarian aid sector allows us to generously support the important work of North Star Alliance.'