ZRCS launches RedSafe app

24 Nov, 2021 - 10:11 0 Views

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H-Metro Reporter

Victims of war, natural disasters, migration and conflicts are set to benefit from a RedSafe mobile application adopted by the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) that will see them trace their loved ones during unplanned circumstances.

RedSafe is an online application that the society is piloting locally in an effort to help the victims store their personal documents, maintain close contacts with family and immediately find the nearest humanitarian assistance.

The ZRCS has setup kiosks in Harare, Bulawayo, Beitbridge, Zaka and at the Tongogara refugee camp in Plumtree.

In a statement, Zimbabwe Red Cross Society secretary general, Elias Hwenga, said the platform would play a huge role in humanitarian aid.

“As part of the global Red Cross movement, the ZRCS continues to offer the Restoration of Family Links (RFL) programs which seeks to prevent family separation, restore and maintain family contact.

“After any disaster families must be able to reunite and clarify the fate of missing persons by accessing free Red Cross messages, Wi-Fi services, able to trace their loved ones, charge their mobile phones and notify relatives of their situation through the RedSafe Mobile App.

“People in distress need trusted information that is available quickly. They require a safe alternative to commercial online platforms which are not always reliable in terms of content and misuse of data and surveillance,” said Hwenga.

He said the platform is also designed to store personal information that can be downloaded later and provide reliable information about humanitarian assistance.

“The platform aims to reinforce the resilience and coping mechanism of affected people,” added Hwenga.

Regional coordinator for International Committee for the Red Cross, Marie-Astrid Blondiaux said the pandemic has called for the need of trusted information.

“The innovative project helps us to maintain proximity to affected communities and always be accessible to them.

“The coronavirus pandemic highlighted the importance of having a trusted digital connection to the people we serve when physical contact is not possible,” said Blondiaux.

The ZCRS has also partnered with the Zimbabwe Migrants Support Network (ZMSN) which has also expressed confidence on the project.

“The RedSafe platform will be useful to migrants and refugee seekers in many ways.

“It will help people travelling to South Africa to know what to expect during their stay and where to apply for services.

“RedSafe is easily accessible because we live in a world of digital technology where many people have access to smart phones,” said ZMSN secretary general Shelton Chiyangwa.

RedSafe, a one-stop platform for verified information was designed to complement the ICRC’s existing Restoring Family Links (RFL) programme.

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