Charity CBM launches mobile app to help people with disabilities access life-saving disaster relief

On the 19th August 2017 charity CBM UK, launched the revolutionary ‘Humanitarian Hands on Tool’ (hhoT) app. The overseas disability app helps ensure that disabled people can access life-saving relief services during emergencies.

Overseas disability charity CBM is an international organisation that transforms the lives of people with or at risk of disabilities in the poorest communities of the world. In 2015, CBM reached over 38 million people in more than 60 countries.

This launch was timed perfectly to coincide with World Humanitarian Day. Every year World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to support people affected by crisis around the world.

The Humanitarian Hands on Tool (HHoT) is a unique, vital and innovative application that can revolutionise the effectiveness of humanitarian aid.

Kirsty Smith, Chief Executive of CBM UK, said:  “When disasters strike, people with disabilities are often among the worst affected and the last to receive help. With a distinct lack of practical advice on disability in disaster scenarios, and with 1 in 7 individuals living with some form of disability worldwide - 80% of them in developing countries - a large number of people are missing out on life-saving relief services like food, shelter or medical support.”

-Simon Jones, founder and director at Studio 24 said: The team at Studio 24 are proud to have worked with CBM on this valuable mobile app and website. It's exciting to work on projects that have positive social impact and the project was an interesting challenge both in design (good usability can save lives here, it's important content is as easily accessible as possible) and technology (we created a hybrid mobile app powered by HTML5 and JavaScript with Drupal 8 for content management and the API). I look forward to seeing how the HHoT app develops in the future and how it is used by the disaster relief community.

Find our case study to read more about the work we did on the app.

The app provides step by step guidance for emergency workers, it is accessible freely and easily to ensure that relief efforts don’t exclude people with disabilities or marginalised groups.

By following the guidelines as displayed in the app aid workers will be able to ensure that services such as: food distribution, shelters, medical care and so on take into account the needs of groups that are often marginalised, this ranges from people with disabilities, elderly people, pregnant women and children.

The app is fully accessible, can be downloaded to a mobile device and the used without an internet connection. Updates then occur on reconnection. Input is welcomed from user to ensure the tool grows and remains focused and up to date.

Find out more about the crucial work CBM UK do: 

Find a link to download the hhot app yourself

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