An Integrated Emergency Response Tool for Developing Countries: Case of Uganda

Swaib Kyanda Kaawaase (Networks Department, College of Computing and Information Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)
Rodney Ekisa Simon (Networks Department, College of Computing and Information Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)

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This paper presents a First responder emergency response tool (EMApp) as a step towards achieving integrated emergency care in developing countries, the case of Uganda. The EMApp prototype has potential to support health emergency response from various emergency stakeholders. This innovation is in line with strategic plans to embrace technologies towards the establishment of integrated social services such as emergency healthcare services (EHS) in Uganda. We describe the prototype and provide its functionalities that can be further enhanced to enable access to emergency services and save life. The possible assumptions, potential challenges and recommendations to implement and deployment of such a system are provided. There is currently no such integrated emergency response system in Uganda as is the case in many other developing countries. For future studies, there is need to deploy the tool and assess its impact on the communities.



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