Kedougou Health Volunteer uses His Experience to Improve Emergency Response in Rural Villages

By Aaron Persing
June 16, 2015
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Health Volunteer Aaron demonstrates first aid techniques. Photo by Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Aaron

In America you would dial 911, and in Dakar you would dial 1515. But what about in rural villages? Currently, no emergency response model or training program exists for rural communities in Senegal, despite the fact that traumatic and medical emergencies are a significant cause of mortality in the developing world. But Health volunteer and former EMT Aaron is working to fix that. After conceiving of the idea to address access to health care, he recently partnered with IntraHealth and the Kedougou Regional Health System to pilot a training of 18 First Responders for his community. A man and a woman from each village in the Dakately area learned to use locally available materials and transportation to aid in basic treatment of injury, recognition of illness, and referral to health posts, thus helping to buy what people need most in an emergency: time.



 

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The full pilot group of First Responders. Photo by Peace Corps Volunteer Aaron
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Participants practice first aid techniques. Photo by Peace Corps Volunteer Aaron
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Participants practice first aid techniques. Photo by Peace Corps Volunteer Aaron
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Newly trained First Responders pose with their certificates. Photo by Peace Corps Volunteer Aaron

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