22 Apr 2014

Android App fast tracks relief effort in Solomon Islands

3:27 pm on 22 April 2014

Smartphone technology is helping speed up the distribution of relief supplies to rural communities in Solomon Islands affected by recent floods.

The android app, fieldTask, is being used by World Vision Solomon Islands to survey affected communties in need of relief assistance.

Its Country Director Andrew Catford says the faster processing of surveys means relief supplies can be distributed more quickly to the people who need them.

"It sort of cuts by about half the time to collect data on how peoples houses have been affected, whether they need to be repaired and shelter kits issued also in terms of what people have lost from their homes as a result of the floods. So we've found it's been a really efficient way of getting that information so we can do more prompt distribution."

Andrew Catford says he is grateful to the government and people of New Zealand for their ongoing assistance to the relief effort in Solomon Islands.