African First Aid Materials

Several Red Cross National Societies expressed the need for First Aid materials adapted to the African context. In addition the World Bank identified First Aid training as a low-cost opportunity to decrease the burden of disease and injury in Sub-Saharan Africa. Thus, Belgian Red Cross-Flanders decided to develop First Aid Materials (AFAM) including prevention advice for the African context according to the latest medical and scientific data using the evidence-based practice methodology. 

AFAM was developed using evidence-based practice that take into account the latest available scientific evidence. Evidence-based practice also takes into account the experience of specialists and preferences of certain target groups and the means that are available to them.

Why use AFAM?

AFAM is ready-to-use and easy-to-use! 

AFAM is a first aid manual that can be used for many different target audiences. You will find a treasure trove of information. For every condition, the most important actions are described and illustrated. Instructions are simple. They can use and work this information into their own electronic and print publications.

  • Specialists throughout Sub-Saharan Africa developed the guidelines on which AFAM is based. Special attention was given to African studies.
  • All the illustrations are with African models.
  • A panel of eleven African experts inside and outside the Red Cross guided the project. The panel discussed and validated the recommendations and didactical material.
  • AFAM-based didactic tools as developed by African partners will be electronically shared on the download page. This way African first aid organizations can share their AFAM-based tools.
  • An easy toool for supporting the roll-out of first aid training to children in Africa.

Use AFAM now

The digital AFAM manual can be downloaded free of charge. Please fill out the form below to acquire access. AFAM is available in English and French. 

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