The Bengali Rural Ambulance Project aims to address the lack of means to access local health clinics and hospitals in the Sunderbans by creating a sustainable product-service system that addresses key issues such as: Lack of skilled medical competencies in the local area; Van-rickshaws presently used by most as ambulances are not clean and safe for patients to use; No availability to transport during the night-time.

Access to Health Care  Local Ownership  Product-service System  Rickshaw Ambulance Service 

The BeRA project focuses on addressing the lack of safe and clean means of transporting sick, injured and pregnant people in the Sundarbans, India.

Due to locally very bad infrastructure, both in terms of roads and services provided, it is not possible to find safe means of getting to proper health clinics or hospitals at present. The project aims to introduce a product-service system in collaboration between students and local stakeholders to provide a proper, sustainable way for particularly the poor in Sundarbans to provide this access, in all seasons and times of day.

By designing and testing both ambulance, service and business model concepts, a holistic approach is taken to identifying and addressing the particular needs of the people of the Basanti-area, where around 300.000 people live.

Based on experiences from initial testing, the project is planned to be scaled up to cover neighbouring areas or even areas in other parts of India or the World, where a similar solution would be appropriate.


With the BeRA project, InnoAid works to clarify the needs for an ambulance service in co-operation with local stakeholders as well as potential users through various efforts. By combining local insights with academic skills from students of different backgrounds in Europe, the aim is to design, test and implement an ambulance service that safely transports the ones in need. In addition, the service should educate in improved health measures by informing the local communities on how to address injuries, diseases and other circumstances in a better way.

By including local governmental institutions (Gram Panchayats) early in the project, InnoAid prioritise local ownership and in this way a socio-economic sustainable solution to a real need.


Project period: September 2010 > ongoing

Status: Final project formulation

Target group: Initial project targeting people living in the rural parts of Sundarbans with poor access to medical assistance

Target area & country:  Rural villages in the Sunderbans in India



  • JGVK - primary partner


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