Huawei and the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), a humanitarian relief organization, have signed a deal making Huawei the strategic communications partner for KRCS. Huawei will equip the KRCS E-Plus’ ambulances and dispatch center with devices from its Huawei Ascend series of smartphones and tablets to facilitate quick and timely response, prevent and prepare the public with information and resources that they will need in times of an emergency.
The partnership will position and strengthen KRCS’s response time and communications in its disaster response operations with key focus in saving more lives and reducing injuries during incidences such as road accidents, fires and natural disasters, among others.
“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with KRCS, based on our expertise. As a global ICT leader with local presence, it is our responsibility as a company to care for the lives of our Kenyan people. Accidents, fires, natural disasters, all these incidences are not planned for, they just happen but we must be prepared. This partnership is a sign of our commitment to be part of a solution when disaster strikes.” Said Wind Li, Huawei Kenya CEO.
Li added that the partnership is timely as this year’s ITU World Telecommunication Information Society Day (WTISD) is marked next week under the theme “ICTs and Improving Road Safety.”
The collaboration will set up a system to collect real time and accurate data from the field which will be used to appeal to the public and gain understanding, connections and partnership.
“Time is life, and therefore, the preparation, efficient and timely communication will significantly reduce response time leading to saving more lives; eventually, medical information sharing and real time communication of medical conditions with our hospital partners will also be efficient. Further, we shall have data that we can research on to help us manage pre-hospital care based on evidence practice,” said Yusuf Nyakinda, the E-Plus operations manager.
The ambulances will be furnished with high- end devices that will build capacity for effective response and transmission of information to the emergency and disaster centres.
In addition, Huawei will support E-Plus Ambulance Services through providing 100 free memberships to customers who purchase or use their devices. This will be communicated via this Facebook link.
Members of this service will have 24 hour rapid response ambulance services, 24 hour-7days a week, medical helpline, paramedics trained in Pre-hospital Care, State-of-the art Pre-hospital care equipment, countrywide presence and affordability.