The MVA Fund launched its first ever mobile application, Report to Safe (R2S) on 27th November 2013.
The Fund envisages an improved uptake of the accident response number 0819682, which is linked to the MVA Fund Call Centre. The mobile application allows users to report road crashes in real time. Thus improve response times and access to emergency medical services for people who sustain injuries in road crashes.
The application, was developed by a joint team United States of America and Namibian developers over twelve months. This was realized collaboratively by the MVA Fund andthe Sub-Saharan African Chamber of Commerceof Kenya.
R2S can be a one stop shop for all road crash data as it features functionalities such as reporting of road related violations, first aid information and emergency contacts, i.e. Police Stations, Hospital and Ambulance information in the 14 regions. It also provides statistics on motor vehicle as well as pedestrian crashes throughout Namibia, as collated by the MVA Fund Call Centre. The R2S is designed to enable the user to dial the MVA Fund Call Centre with ease in case of a crash by pressing just one button, thus improve care in case of a road crash.
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.
Another key feature on the APP is the interactive functionality which enables road users to exchange information pertaining to conditions on the road and traffic information in the areas they find themselves. (Will they alert each other on speed cameras?)
The R2S APP was made available for free from both the Apple and Google Play Stores, as of 28 November 2013.