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Now, emergency medical assistance will be just a stone’s throw away. San Francisco-based MUrgency Inc – founded by a Keralite – has developed a new mobile app to ensure fast emergency medical assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The company, founded by Shaffi Mather, through the new app, aims to reach out across the globe by the end of 2015 through the MUrgency platform.

Mather said it is a well-known fact that timely medical assistance is the most critical factor in saving lives.

“Unfortunately, it is not readily available to 90 percent of world’s population. At MUrgency, it is our mission to make fast emergency medical assistance available through the mobile phone to anyone, anytime, anywhere with just one tap on your phone,” said Mather on Thursday.

The company has also joined the UNDP’s Business to Call Action program with the app.

While the platform and app are available globally, the MUrgency Responder function on the app is being rolled out gradually, starting with Punjab in India in August 2015, following strict validation of responders’ credentials.

Before launching this app, MUrgency was tested in various markets such as Dubai in UAE, Punjab in India and Israel and it was found that the app helped in reducing response time to less than half of what it takes an ambulance in an efficiently run ambulance system to reach the emergency victim.

According to WHO estimates, more people die owing to lack of timely medical assistance as compared to AIDS, TB and malaria combined.

This app ups the power of mobile technology, cloud network and cell phone networks to create a seamless global emergency response network that aims at emergency response by connecting people who need help directly with trained responders like doctors, nurses, paramedics and ambulances.

On the supply side, the network aggregates existing emergency responder resources, validates their credentials and onboard them to the MUrgency Network.

(IANS)

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Indian Catholic Nuns Call Out For Justice In Kerala

The protest, now in its sixth day in Kochi, Kerala's financial hub, is gathering momentum as the locals, activists, writers and politicians come out in support.

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Nuns hold placards during a protest demanding justice after an alleged sexual assault of a nun by a bishop in Kochi, in the southern state of Kerala, India. VOA

A group of Indian Catholic nuns are staging a rare street protest in the southern state of Kerala demanding justice after an alleged sexual assault of a nun by a bishop.

Police have called the bishop named in the complaint for a second round of questioning next week. The bishop has denied wrongdoing.

The case comes at a time when the Christian community, which accounts for 19 percent of the state’s population, is reeling under an erosion of trust as sexual abuse cases involving the clergy pile up.

Five priests were arrested last month in two different sexual assault cases, while last year, a Catholic priest who was trying to flee the country was arrested after a minor he is accused of having sex with gave birth.

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Catholic bishops in Chile resign over the issue of sex scandal. Pixabay

The nun in a letter said she wanted the Vatican to intervene. She said she was forced to make matters public after several attempts to seek justice from within the church failed.

The protest, now in its sixth day in Kochi, Kerala’s financial hub, is gathering momentum as the locals, activists, writers and politicians come out in support.

A man, who is on an indefinite hunger strike, lay in front of the stage where the protesting nuns sat. A nun coordinating the protest dismissed allegations that they were trying to disgrace the church.

“Our fight is for the truth. We will not back out unless the truth is established and the nun is given justice,” she told Reuters.

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Pope Francis. Pixabay

The Catholic Church in Germany acknowledged a “depressing and shameful” legacy of sexual abuse on Wednesday after a leaked study said clerics had abused thousands of children over 70 years.

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The leaked study was published on the day that Pope Francis, who has made several attempts to tackle a spreading sexual abuse crisis that has badly tarnished the Church’s image worldwide, summoned senior bishops from around the world to the Vatican to discuss the protection of minors. (VOA)

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