What would you do if you were a witness to a harrowing car accident where no one was nearby to help, and you needed to immediately call first responders and inform the victim’s family? What about if you encountered a lost child who could not find her family in a busy amusement park? Imagine if it was an elderly person with Alzheimer’s unable to identify themselves or their way back home, what would be most helpful to you then?
Every year, Egypt witnesses 14,710 motor accidents, resulting in 18,646 injuries and 5,343 deaths, many of which could be preventable. The national children’s rescue line has reported over 2500 children missing in 2020 alone. Ziad witnessed many such incidents and felt helpless. He knew he wanted to do something to bring those staggering numbers down and save lives, so he, along with three other friends founded QRecall.
QRecall is a digital startup that uses QR code technology to store information and recall it within seconds by scanning the code from any smartphone. QRecall’s main offering is the QSave package which stores an individual’s personal information and medical history including their name, address, national ID number, blood type, allergies and medication history. This code can be worn on a bracelet, an ID tag or a sticker to be placed on the back of a cell phone. It also provides resources, like a regional emergency contact list and first aid instruction in case someone present needs to take action before medical help arrives.
Ziad and his team hope this will help reduce the number of anonymous patients going to emergency rooms and provide first responders and medical professionals, or people around the person needing help with information they need to know quickly. QSave can also be used to find separated and missing children.
The team’s priority is making the QSave package accessible to a wide segment of the population, so they are looking at producing 12,000 packages in the first two years, reducing the rate of unknown patients in emergency rooms by 4% in the next four years. They also hope to reduce missing child cases by 15% in the next four years. The team needed all the support they could get to meet these goals and that’s when they found Peace First.
With a mini grant of $250, QRecall was able to pay for an initial round of marketing to spread awareness about their project and services. They also used Peace First’s guidance on stakeholder mapping and access to a network to find partners to collaborate with and potential buyers of the QSave package. This is an ambitious project and the team plans to continue growing and innovating ways in which they could utilize QR Code technology to save lives, and Peace First’s dedicated mentors and the MENA team will be there along the way to help them scale.
Watch Ziad talk to our regional manager, Mohamed Ghanem, on March’s episode of Peace First in Arabic on Instagram Live.