Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

First Aid Education in Africa: What the UK Could Learn

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

First Aid Education in Africa: What the UK Could Learn

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Dear Editor,

The World Health Organization has recently identified that there are more minor/major injuries than there are cases of tuberculosis, malaria and HIV put together. With this in mind First Aid Africa, a non-profit organisation has set up a number of projects to teach first aid in Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya, with plans to expand into Uganda. The aim of First Aid Africa is to provide and encourage access to first aid equipment and education.

First aid education and equality in emergency care is one of the biggest public health issues facing the world today, meaning there is a real need to push and lobby support to get first aid education on the national curriculum in the UK. It is widely known that many admissions to hospital are often injuries which could be treated in the home environment and a basic knowledge of first aid can be of real benefit in a critical situation. First Aid Africa believes that first aid can significantly improve someone's chances of survival following a life-threatening injury or illness, with people in Africa in particular being susceptible to infection or further medical complications. The development of injury prevention strategies such as first aid education is thus imperative.

Even with the strict education regime the value of first aid training is recognised amongst teachers. Access to basic equipment in Africa remains poor and so as part of the first aid lesson we taught the children about sustainable resources that can be used for first aid. …

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