Helping Make Yangon Safer for Women

This week saw the launch of the Safe Cities for Women Campaign in Myanmar co-sponsored by ActionAid.

The Safe Cities for Women Campaign is a worldwide project started in July 2014 in 20 countries in order to reduce abuse towards women and the ensuing constant fear they experience.

The Myanmar campaign comprises a series of events aimed at raising awareness and efforts to make the streets safer.

Action Aid

Change Makers: Dr. Jennifer Ferrell's Life Saving app


Its Innovative, game changing, And it comes from, wait for it, from Bangladesh. A young woman doctor, working in Bangladesh creates app for responding to tragedy.

Dr. Jennifer Ferrell TED Talk link at bottom.

Anyone can download the app in their smart phones and get registered. The users can call CriticaLink call centre in Dhaka open from 8:00am to 11:00pm or simply report an accident, said CriticaLink Program Director Rahat Hossain. 

“One can also find the nearest police station, fire station, hospital and their phone numbers in the app,” he said. 

CriticaLink notifies the closest first responders who are divided into eight zones -- Dhanmondi, Mohammadpur, Uttara, Banani, Gulshan, Mirpur, Lalbagh and Old Dhaka.

“The first responders provide first aid, if needed, and transport the patients to the nearest hospital by rickshaw or auto-rickshaw. They can also ask for police help,” said Farrell.

Earlier CriticaLink only sent notifications via the app, but now it also sends texts.

They are currently working on road accident victims, lives of many of whom could have been saved if there was something like 999 or 911, dial codes in the UK and the US that ensure emergency services in minutes.