The Challenge

In developing countries, road traffic injuries are the number one cause of death for people aged 15 to 29, and among the top three for 5- to 44-year olds. 

  • Private companies lack incentives to serve people with lower incomes.
  • Weak infrastructure hampers dispatch.
  • Centralized “911” systems are expensive.

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Project Aims

Emergency Response tech innovations could reach 3 billion people -- bridging gaps to critical emergency care, particularly around childbirth, and substantially reducing pregnancy-related deaths. Further, we seek to expand access to information to reach the right kind of facility -- one with an appropriate level of care, and an ability to treat a condition depending on an individual’s medical needs.

Predicted Outcomes

  • Match patients to the closest appropriate ambulance.
  • Are easy to access, even for those who live in hard-to-access areas.
  • Have a centralized number to call (or application to use) in an emergency.
  • Provide well-equipped ambulances to address patients’ urgent needs.
  • Manage fast dispatch and referral to appropriate facility.
  • Use enhanced navigational tools to ensure accurate and timely service.
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