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November 7, 2006 at 2:24 PM

Seattle is the new Geneva

Among the global health organizations converging on Seattle, a U.K.-based group called Riders for Health is in town this week to give a talk at PATH.


Riders for Health at work in improving health-services delivery in Africa.

Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded a TV documentary last year that Riders appeared in called Rx for Survival. Andrea Coleman, a former professional motorcycle racer, started the charity with her husband 10 years ago to improve transportation for delivering health services in Africa.

“If you don’t have transportation in Africa, however wonderful the drugs are, they don’t get to the people who need them,” she said.

Riders raises money through events like the “Highway to Health,” a 51-day bike across Australia. The group is looking for partners in Seattle because this area “represents a huge body of belief and people and interest in global health,” she said. And a lot of money, too.

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