Find out how ETS is changing lives for mothers and drivers in Nigeria
When Bilyaminu became an ETS driver, his entire community reaped the benefits.
The Emergency Transport Scheme (ETS) is a free of charge service in which volunteer drivers from the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) take pregnant women to health facilities if they are in labour or experiencing complications. Bilyaminu Mohammed is a volunteer ETS driver from Adudu Ward, in Obi Local Government Area, Nigeria.
Bilyaminu signed up as an ETS driver in January 2018, looking to help others through his profession as a commercial driver. By March the following year, he had already transported over 20 pregnant women to health facilities. During that time, however, Bilyaminu had begun to see benefits from the scheme that went beyond the individual women he had helped.
Since the arrival of ETS in his community, Bilyaminu has seen attitudes towards maternal health change, as ETS drivers are educating others on the importance of delivering at a health facility.
He has also seen his own status – and that of other drivers – rise in the community, as awareness of ETS grows.
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