First aid skills for all

Enshrined in the very nature of the birth of the Red Cross idea is empowering community to self-help in times of danger, a notion that has in later times been forwarded as building resilience.

This urge to develop skills across the community to confidently offer quality first aid to the injured is built upon the nature of injury. In most cases, external help may arrive at the scene of injury just five minutes later yet the injury suffered only required to be reversed in a minute. So is the fate of many that die from accidents and disasters.

To nurture a resilient population that can stand up to catastrophe with confidence, Rwanda Red Cross identifies access to first aid skills a right for every Rwandan.

Our first aid services are subdivided into what we consider everyday first aid and emergency and event first aid.

Under everyday (community) first aid, a network of first aiders at every sector of Rwanda is set up to impart skills mainly to the youth and to support their community when catastrophe hits.

In collaboration with other members of their community, the sector first aiders offer skilled leadership in responses at the decentralised level of Rwanda’s administration, giving first responder help to accident victims, psychosocial support to those exposed to emotionally traumatising events for instance during national commemoration events and other such community first aid services.

But this number of community first aiders remains insufficient and there is continued urge to grow these community networks and Rwanda Red Cross’ efforts in this line are relentless.

Given Rwanda’s past and its topography, building a spirit of safety first and ability to offer quick and quality aid to the injured offers the assurance of building the resilient community we envision.

With the goal of increasing trained first aiders and such increasing the chances that such a skilled Rwandan will be in the vicinity of the injured in a very short time, Rwanda Red Cross introduced first aid training courses tailored to the needs of various groups.

These training and event first aid services serve the purpose of creating the much needed resources to further grow the network of trained first aiders in the remotest communities of our country.

First aid training courses

Red Cross trainers in high traffic zones of Kigali sharing lifesaving skills with the public

Red Cross trainers in high traffic zones of Kigali sharing lifesaving skills with the public

Courses on offer are demonstration and application based to ensure that learners acquire hands-on techniques they can replicate and implement in their workplaces, homes, and daily lives in service to those they love and to humanity at large.

For those working in specialised industries, the training can be tailored to the needs of each industry paying greater attention to risks most encountered.

Basic first aid training curriculum

Through the basic training, a learner acquires comprehensive first aid and CPR techniques to respond to daily emergencies at home or at the work place. The content of the 8 hour course includes first aid principles, recovery positions, Cardiac and Respiratory arrest and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Bleeding, wounds and burns, emergency evacuation, pick up and moving, and first aid kit management skills.

Standard first aid training for work places categories

Standard First Aid provides comprehensive first aid and CPR techniques people interested in deepened knowledge to respond to daily emergencies at home or at work place. The course topics are selected based on the type of work and risks involved.  Standard first aid training may also be offered as a complement course to a learner with basic first aid skills.

Standard first skills are also ideal for people working in places such as chemical manufacturing units, laboratories, horticultural facilities, petrol stations, food manufacturing, construction, in confined spaces, involved in demolition, electrical work, and those working alone in the night and other related functions.

  • High risk environments

The standard first aid course for high risk workplaces such as these mentioned above is a the 16hour training that covers; first aid principles, Recovery positions, Respiratory emergencies, Stroke, Heart attack, CPR techniques, Intoxication, Shock, bleeding, wounds and burns, Trauma of bones and joints, Emergency evacuation, pick-up, moving and transportation, Electrocution, Firefighting and rescue planning, and First aid kit management.

  • Low risk environments

The standard first aid course for low risk workplaces such as ordinary offices, shops, or libraries is a the 16hour training that covers; First aid principles, Recovery positions, Respiratory emergencies: gaseous asphyxia and choking, Stroke and heart attack, Cardiorespiratory (CR) arrest and CPR, Intoxication, Wounds and Burns, Trauma of bones and joints, Emergency evacuation, pick up, moving and transportation techniques, Firefighting and rescue planning, and First aid kit management.

Special trainings

Besides acquiring basic and standardised first aid skills, there are optional and special training on offer to help those willing to deepen knowledge and skills in the area of first aid such as;

  • Road safety & mass casualty

This 8hour training equips learners with skills to empower them save lives during road accidents and in events of mass casualty. It deepens understanding in areas related to first aid principles, road safety principles, recovery positions, airway management, bleeding, wounds and burns, traumatism of the bones and joints, emergency evacuation, pick up, moving and transportation, and in first aid kit management.

  • CPR techniques and AED use

Another special training of offer for deepening first aid skills is the CPR techniques and AED use. The training goes into deeper length to help learners better understand the Cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques, and the use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Topics covered in this 5 hour training are first aid principles, Recovery position for CPR and AED use, Causes of CR arrest, CPR and AED use.

  • Psychological first aid

As already indicated, the Rwanda Red Cross is involved in providing psychosocial support to victims of traumatic events. These services can also be contracted by other parties looking for expert aid in dealing with persons in such states. For those willing to up skills in how to better psychologically support people with a history of trauma or experiencing traumatising events, Rwanda Red Cross offers an 8 hour course in this area which covers for following areas:

  1. First aid principles
  2. Crisis events and psychosocial support
  3. Stress and coping/Loss and grief
  4. Community Based psychosocial support
  5. Psychological First Aid and supporting communication
  • Physical Traumatism Care for drivers and transport companies for their staff

Road accidents remain a common and devastating factor causing the loss of Rwandan lives each year. But research indicates that most of the deaths that occur as a result of road accidents can be prevented if the victim receives first aid within the first 8minutes of the accident. As a result, transporters are one of the groups that ought to have certified first aid skills to increase chances for a trained first aider to arrive at the scene of an accident within the first 8 minutes.

An eight hour course tailored to the needs of drivers and staff of transportation companies involved in handling travels has been designed and covers these following topics.

1.First Aid Principles

2.Recovery positions


4.Bleeding, wound and Burns

5.Traumatism of bones and joints

6.Emergency evacuation, pick up, moving and transportation

7.First Aid Kit management.

  • Special first aid training for nannies and housekeepers, teachers

In our contemporary world, very few parents have the opportunity to exclusively watch over their children even during their early infant years. The task is largely left in the hands of nannies, housekeepers, and teachers in kindergartens.

But how trained are the latter to make informed decisions when a child is involved in a domestic accident? The unfortunate truth is, many are not trained and lack lifesaving skills that may prove very vital for making any such informed decisions at such critical times.

Responding to these needs, a 16 hour first aid course tailored to the risks in homes and kindergartens is available at the Rwanda Cross to better prepare these groups of people to make such informed and skilful decisions at the time of need. Topics covered are;

  • First aid principles
  • Recovery positions
  • Moving and transportation
  • Bleedings and wounds in children
  • Shock in pediatrics
  • Pediatric Respiratory emergencies: drowning, asphyxia and choking
  • Pediatric Respiratory arrest and CPR
  • Burns in children
  • Bites and children
  • Poisoning and children
  • Bones, muscles and joints traumatism in children
  • Foreign bodies in children
  • Fever and seizures in children
  • Electrocution and children
  • First aid kit management

High-quality first aid equipment available

With various environments requiring specifically tailor-made and packaged first aid kit, Rwanda Red Cross has your needs covered

With various environments requiring specifically tailor-made and packaged first aid kit, Rwanda Red Cross has your needs covered

As a leading humanitarian organisation highly reputable in offering first aid services, the Rwanda Red Cross is well suited to give credible first aid equipment that you can trust. The equipment we sell has been tested and proved throughout our over 50 years’ experience of serving Rwanda.

We buy from the best and through experience, we bring the best. For first aid equipment we offer good quality first aid kits made in plastic materials easy to clean, handle and to use. They come in a wide range of sizes for conveniently keeping in cars, on office walls, at field offices or anywhere. Rwanda Red Cross has different categories of first aid kits according to the use and work place: Big kits for mines, public car travel, and use in sports games, for industries, construction enterprises and offices, mid-sized and small kits for family and home use and for use in personal cars, and individual kits for on foot travel, students, solitary sports and cycling.

Also, good quality stretchers which are indicated mandatory for health facilities and any institution with a trained first aider specifically in organized transport of victims are offered.

Each kit is packaged with the necessary first aid tools and materials relevant and important for the mentioned user category.

Events first aid packages on offer

Red Cross ambulances

Red Cross ambulances

Besides offering first aid trainings, Rwanda Red Cross offers first aid intervention services to institutions hosting public events of all magnitude.

Skilled first aid providers including nurses, anaesthetists, medical doctors and first aiders are given in sufficient numbers based on the assumed risk of the public gathering.

For high risk interventions, 1 first aider for every 50-100 people is offered while 2 first aiders for every 200-500 people is given for low risk interventions.

We also offer medicalized ambulances with medical materials such as oxygen, resuscitation materials and drugs, Intravenous (IV) fluids, stretchers. An exhausted list of the materials used during interventions can be shared upon request.

Noteworthy is that each first aider offered is equipped with a full first aid kit.

Contact us today and acquire the skills and equipment you need, be prepared to save a life!

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