Rugged Medical Transport Aims to Reduce Childbirth Deaths in Tanzania

Humanitarian Social Innovations supports organization through
fiscal sponsorship of crowdsourcing campaign, launching today

BALTIMORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rugged Medical Transport, a not-for-profit organization developing
medical transport in remote areas, announced today the launch of its
crowdfunding campaign. The campaign is fiscally sponsored by
Humanitarian Social Innovations (HSI), a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission
to inspire and connect social entrepreneurs with the resources necessary
to empower them and to maximize their humanitarian impact.

Rugged Medical Transport has secured its first building site in
Tanzania, East Africa, and funds raised will support building
gyrocopters to provide medical transportation in rural areas in the
African Bush. The campaign has a donation goal of $100,000.

“Nearly 20 percent of women in Tanzania die in child birth. Most deaths
are preventable if they could get to a hospital in time,” said Patrick
Wensel, executive director of Rugged Medical Transport.

Each gyrocopter costs approximately $35,000 to build, utilizes car
engines easily found and maintained in rural Africa and requires little
skill to fly and maintain. For information on donations, please visit
our Crowdrise


Rugged Medical Transport is a not-for-profit organization with the
mission to bring usable and sustainable air transportation to countries
lacking roads in order to reverse deaths caused by extensive travel time
to hospitals. The organization builds and deploys easily maintained
gyrocopters that require little training to fly, allowing those with
medical emergencies to reach help faster in The African Bush. We aim to
create, find and support medical transportation that directly improves
the health and well being of adults and children across the globe. For
more information, visit


Humanitarian Social Innovations, Inc. (HSI) is the fiscal sponsor for
Rugged Medical Transport, and receives funds for the charitable purpose
fulfilled by Rugged Medical Transport. HSI treats funds received for the
purpose of this project as restricted under the charitable trust
doctrine. All funds, minus administrative fees, are dedicated to the
purpose of this project and will not be used to pay the expenses of
another. Monies from this restricted fund are re-granted to Rugged
Medical Transport as needed for the fulfillment of their charitable


For Rugged Medical Transport
Melissa Christensen, 720-833-5918