2015 CUGH Video Competition Winner - Global Health Challenges
The First Aid Project
Many areas around the world are isolated from basic medical care due to lack of resources or accessibility due to geographic and transportation barriers.Â In many cases, these communities are hours away from health care facilities, leaving the treatment of easily managed medical conditions and emergencies up to fate. This can ultimately lead to infections and complications that would have otherwise been prevented. Community health education is vital pillar in any health system.Â It serves to not only to manage medical issues, but it allows communities to be self-sufficient. This is the objective of the First Aid Project. Topics that are taught include basic first-aid protocol, adult and infant basic life support training, as well as tying tourniquets, heat stroke warning signs and management, healthy hygiene practices, and treating everyday injuries like cuts, insect stings, common burns, and more.
The project raises funds via online crowd funding, which pays for medical supplies and educational materials. The funds allow us to provide what is needed to address these issues, from complete first aid kits for each household, to blood pressure and blood glucose monitors for the village chiefs, who in turn provide access to villagers when they require it.
The aim of the First Aid Project is to provide essential health-care education and supplies to communities isolated from basic medical care so that they may manage pressing health issues independently. In doing so, these populations can either fully treat themselves, or at least implement the initial management until access to full medical care becomes available.
The First Aid Project makes every effort to teach in a way to maximize comprehension and engagement, as education is the most powerful and crucial component of our objective. In order to ensure this, community members are encouraged to actively participate and practice the techniques with both the trainers and with one another. These communities are being given an opportunity to help care for themselves, which in turn empowers them to take their health into their own hands and teach one another as well as future generations, leading to healthier and happier lives. Our first project was in Tighza, Morocco and based on the positive feedback we hope to continue to strengthen our project and serve other areas of the world in the future.