First Aid Africa

First Aid Africa is humanitarian charity that works in rural parts of south eastern Africa to Provide sustainable equipment and education in first aid . The charity explains that ‘a small amount of medical knowledge and equipment’ can make a difference. Local communities, schools, orphanages and villages, Volunteers and students.

History

The organization was set up in 2008 at Heriot-Watt University by Sam Abrahams, originally a student society. [1] [2] Later that year Abrahams was selected as one of three contenders for the Endsleigh Student of the Year award. [3]It in 2010 the organization was part of “The Big Training Project”. [4]

Abrahams sought volunteers from several UK universities, including: Robert Gordon University , [5] [6] Queen Margaret University , [7] the University of Edinburgh , [8] [9] Edinburgh Napier University , [10] [11] Heriot Watt University , Stirling University , [12] Birmingham City University , [13] the University of Nottingham , and Brunel University . [14]

First Aid Africa registered with the Scottish Charity Regulator as a charity in 2014, but as of April 2017 it has not filed any details relating to financial activity. [15] It received a report from the Scottish Government in 2015 [16] and 2016 [17]

It has been running in Malawi since 2009. [18] [6] It also operates in Tanzania, [19] [20] [21] Kenya [22] and Uganda. Each partner country has a member of full-time staff who are paid to carry out the vital training and support their communities in-between expeditions. In 2015 four volunteers from St. Andrew’s First Aid were involved. [23] [24] St. Andrew’s First Aid also donated personal protective equipment. [25]

Abrahams described some of the work of First Aid Africa at TedX event in Spain in 2012. [26]

References

  1. Jump up^ “From Student Society To International Charity – First Aid Africa” . thewattclub.hw.ac.uk . Heriot-Watt University . 4 November 2013 . Retrieved 29 January 2017 .
  2. Jump up^ “Mike Award winner bringing first aid to Africa” (Press release). Staffordshire University . September 14, 2009 . Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  3. Jump up^ “Student is running for award” . The Scotsman . 3 June 2008 . Retrieved 29 January 2017 .
  4. Jump up^ “Welcome to First Aid Africa” . www.thebigtrainingproject.com . Retrieved 29 January 2017 .
  5. Jump up^ “RGU students to educate public on life-saving techniques” . www.rgu.ac.uk (Press release). Robert Gordon University . April 29, 2014 . Retrieved 29 January 2017 .
  6. ^ Jump up to:b Simpson, Craig (29 February 2016). “Aberdeen student’s bid to help teach first aid in Malawi” . Evening Express . Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  7. Jump up^ “Societies: Friends of First Aid Africa” . www.qmusu.org.uk . Queen Margaret University Student Union . Retrieved 29 January 2017 .
  8. Jump up^ “Welcome to First Aid Africa’s Edinburgh Society page!” . www.eusa.ed.ac.uk . Edinburgh University Students’ Association . Retrieved 29 January 2017 .
  9. Jump up^ Fletcher, Richard (30 January 2012). “7-Hour Charity Challenge for Whitley Bay Surf” . Evening Chronicle . Retrieved 30 January 2017 .
  10. Jump up^ “Our Volunteering Partners: First Aid Africa” . www.napierstudents.com . Edinburgh Napier University . Retrieved 29 January 2017 .
  11. Jump up^ “Societies: First Aid Africa Society” . www.napierstudents.com . Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association . Retrieved 29 January 2017 .
  12. Jump up^ “clubs & societies> First Aid Africa Society” . www.stirlingstudentsunion.com . Retrieved 29 January 2017 .
  13. Jump up^ “Events> First Aid Africa; Get Involved Presentation” . Birmingham City Students’ Union . Retrieved 29 January 2017 .
  14. Jump up^ Benmehidi, Djamil (23 February 2012). “Young volunteer from Attleborough to teach first aid in rural Africa” . Norwich Evening News . Retrieved 29 January 2017 .
  15. Jump up^ “Charity Details.The Big First Scotland SCIO Project Aid, SC044672”. Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator . Retrieved 14 October 2017 .
  16. Jump up^ “Topics: International: International Development: Small Grants Program” . Scottish Government . March 9, 2016 . Retrieved 30 January2017 .
  17. Jump up^ “Funding to help the world’s poorest countries” (Press release). Scottish Government. March 9, 2016 . Retrieved 30 January 2017 .
  18. Jump up^ Farr, Jackie (8 August 2016). ” ‘ Warm Heart of Africa’ shows what friendship is” . The Scotsman . Retrieved 29 January 2017 .
  19. Jump up^ Preston, Hannah (7 February 2011). “First aid in Northern Tanzania” . Student BMJ . 19 : d30. doi : 10.1136 / sbmj.d30 .
  20. Jump up^ Ritchie, Cameron (1 February 2016). “Haddington student to teach first aid in Tanzania” . East Lothian Courier . Retrieved 29 January 2017 .
  21. Jump up^ Tait, Jim (1 February 2013). “Young volunteers are inspired by isles students’ African experience” . The Shetland Times . Retrieved 30 January 2017 .
  22. Jump up^ “Niall goes on lifesaving mission to Africa” . Milngavie Herald . September 28, 2015 . Retrieved 29 January 2017 .
  23. Jump up^ Cardwell, Paul (28 April 2015). “Scottish first aiders to teach how to treat snake bites” . Third Force News . Retrieved 30 January 2017 .
  24. Jump up^ Stewart-Robertson, Tristan (28 April 2015). “Glasgow student returning to Kenya to teach life-saving skills in St. Andrew’s First Aid Project” . Daily Record . Retrieved 30 January 2017 .
  25. Jump up^ Sullivan, James (26 November 2015). “Scotmid donates money from carrier bags to first aid charity” . Co-operative News . Retrieved 30 January 2017 .
  26. Jump up^ Equality in Emergency: Sam Abrahams at TEDxDeusto . YouTube . 29 October 2012 . Retrieved 29 January 2017 .

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