Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has launched what it claims is the most advanced humanitarian aid app available in the world today.
While the majority of humanitarian apps can only perform a specific function, the KRCS App, which is available on iOS and Android, includes more than 10 vital features such as emergency alerts, requesting ambulatory services and locating the nearest blood donation centers. The app was developed in partnership with London-based Connectik, which used its unique multi-tiered infrastructure to build the platform, allowing the KRCS to engage users, provide services, mobilize volunteers, collect donations and send emergency alerts at the touch of the button.
Since its launch, the app has been downloaded and engaged with far beyond initial expectations, allowing the KRCS to increase its ability to alert Kenyans about emergency situations, cut down on its crisis response time and build a much larger pool of donors and partner companies. Based off of the success of this initial deployment, the Red Cross is looking at deploying the app across 60 countries by the end of the year.
Commenting on the launch of the app Dr. Abbas Gullet, Secretary General Kenya Red Cross Society said “We are extremely proud to be the first National [Red Cross] Society to launch the most advanced humanitarian aid app out there. This means that once again we have put this nation at the forefront, using technology to bring humanitarian services closer to the people of Kenya.