Utilisation of WhatsApp for Emergency Medical Services in Garissa, Kenya

J. Austin Lee, Benjamin W. Wachira, John Kennedy, Nicholas Asselin, Nee Kofi Mould-Millman

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Garissa county, Kenya is a geographically large county with a mobile pastoralist population that has developed a method for emergency medical services (EMS) coordination using the WhatsApp communication platform. This work was based on a site visit, to better understand and describe the current operations, strengths, and weaknesses of the EMS communication system in Garissa. The use of WhatsApp in Garissa county seems to work well in the local context and has the potential to serve as a cost-effective solution for other EMS systems in Kenya, Africa, and other LMICs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-44
Number of pages7
JournalAfrican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024


  • EMS
  • Kenya
  • WhatsApp
  • mHealth


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