First Aid Training – Ghana (FGMSA)

Name of the activity: First Aid Training

Country/NMO: Ghana (FGMSA)

Program: Teaching Medical Skills


Contact information: [email protected]

Type of the activity: Capacity Building (Training or Workshop)


General description:

In line with the shortfall of medical skills in first in medical schools and the population at large, a training session will provide the platform for medical students to learn these practical basic sills. These impact will be multiplied by an aftermath reach outs to some select institutions. Following execution, a biennial organisation of the activity shall be enshrined in the national agenda of the federation mandating local associations to train at least 10 institutions in the space of a year.

Focus area:

First Aid/CPR/BLS

Problem statement:

With regards to the current state of affairs, the average Ghanaian medical student has a limited skills set as far as basic first aid skills are concerned. This poses a great challenge to healthcare in our country, which already has a limited number of healthcare professionals. Considering the fact that transit of trauma victims in our country via ambulance services is a major problem leading to a delay in treatment and increase in possibility of developing complications, if the average medical student is equipped with the basic skills in first aid, these skills can then be transmitted to the wider population by these students to enable them reduce the complications associated with delayed care of trauma victims.

Target groups and beneficiaries:

About eight out of ten medical students in Ghana

Objectives and indicators of success:

We seek to train medical student volunteers who would serve as ambassadors in a latter crusade to teach the society basic first aid skills. We estimate targeting over one thousand five hundred Ghanaians per local Medical Students’ Association. The four registered members of the Federation amounts to a total number of six thousand members. We therefore expect to impact about fifty thousand Ghanaians in the space of a year.


Dedication of roles to members of the SCOME team will take place on 16th December, 2017 in a national online meeting dubbed, Medical Education Think Tank. Roles such as publicity coverage, sponsorship seeking and event organizers shall be appointed. The program coordinator who doubles as the National Officer on Medical Education shall oversee and steer the effective fulfillment of member obligations. Four trainers shall be invited to carry out the teaching of skills on the said day. Trainer certification shall be awarded to ambassadors and an evaluation of program shall be attained by participants responding to a survey.

Plans for evaluation:

We seek to assess the outcome of activity using a survey that would seek to capture the feedback of participants in the training session. A report spanning the timeline of events before, during and after the training session shall be compiled by the program coordinator. Key Trainers from Faculty in Emergency Medicine shall be resorted to next to unavailability of trainers from the Ghana Red Cross Society.

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