In the midst of helping victims of xenophobic attacks in KwaZulu-Natal, the South African Red Cross launched an app on 8 April, that they believe will change the lives of many people.

The official ‘First Aid’ app of The South African Red Cross Society gives you instant access to information that will assist you during the most common emergencies such as what to do when someone starts choking, how to treat snake and spider bites, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid.

The app is tailored specifically for South Africans. It contains preloaded content that can be accessed instantly anytime and anywhere, even without airtime. Once the app is downloaded, it can operate without reception or internet connection.

The app is said to include videos and interactive quizzes that can help save a life and is free on iOS devices.

“This App is a life saving machanism. It can be used by anyone from the age of 10 to 60 years. And we will in the next months introduce Zulu and Afrikaans to the videos on the App,” said Red Cross SA marketing director Deshika Daya.

It contains simple step-by-step instructions to guide you through everyday first aid scenarios. It is fully integrated with 10177 ambulance services that you can call from the app at any time.

There are videos and animation, making learning first aid fun and easy. The videos include information on Tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS among other diseases.

The app also includes safety tips for extreme weather conditions and disasters that will help you in effectively preparing for emergencies.