Saving lives with a tuk-tuk

Students Victoria Martynova, Jamie Boon and Edwin de Wit presented their ‘TukAid’ prototype during the Central Innovation District (CID) conference. They developed a conversion kit to turn a tuk-tuk into a ‘Tuk-tuk Ambulance’. Through the conversion kits, the students want to contribute to better and faster emergency care in places where it is not always self-evident or even possible.

Victoria, Jamie and Edwin are studying Industrial Design Engineering. In answer to a question by the Dutch Doctors without Borders, they designed a conversion kit with which a tuk-tuk can be converted into an emergency vehicle, a kind of ambulance. The prototype was sponsored by the CID.

Conversion Kit

Ambulances as we know them are not only rather expensive, they are locations where they cannot easily be used. The three have developed the conversion kit under the name ‘TukAid’. Using the kit, a tuk-tuk can be fitted with medical and technical equipment and with a made-to-measure stretcher that can be produced relatively easily in the local area. The resulting emergency vehicle can then be used in densely populated refugee camps or in disaster zones, for instance, where a standard ambulance would not be able to go but where a rapid response is crucial.


The prototype is ready for testing. A business plan will be drawn up in the coming months and investors sought. After testing and fine tuning the prototype, a pilot will take place in 2019 in Nigeria to demonstrate that not only does it work but that it also meets the existing needs.


Jamie Boon and Edwin de Wit recently took part in the international youth summit One Young World in The Hague. On the final day of the summit for international delegates wanting to improve the world, TukAid won The Resolution Project Award for the best socially-responsible project with a big positive impact.