Road safety taken to another level with mobile application
The app allows users to report road crashes in real time. Thus improving response time and access to emergency medical services for people who sustain injuries in road crashes. With the introduction of this app, the Fund envisages an improved uptake of the accident response number 0819682, which is linked to the MVA Fund Call Centre. According to Kalkidan Mulugeta, from MVA Fund, the app is a one stop shop on Road Safety related information and it was developed and customised for Namibia. “Road crashes is not only a Namibian issue.
With this app, we can reduce response time, increase public education , relevant traffic related information can be transmitted through the app, and national and global presence and awareness of MVA Fund’s services. If you have the app, you do not need your data, all your information is on the app,” she said. The Fund decided to pilot the app during the festive season because of the increased traffic activity as people travel to various destinations in the country. The increase in traffic volumes at this time of the year also makes the occurrence of road crashes a very real possibility, which thus necessitates the availability of emergency medical services to attend to these crash scenes, promptly. “The app is to support our quest to road safety and report our crash timely. We are excited about the app,” said Rosalia Martins-Hausiku, Chief Executive Officer of the Fund. The app which has been available since 28 November 2013 also enable users to:Dial MVA Fund’s toll free number, access emergency related information, access traffic related information as well as information on Crash Statistic. The application, was developed by a joint team from the United States of America and Namibia over twelve months. This was realised collaboratively by the MVA Fund and the Sub-Saharan African Chamber of Commerce of Kenya.