CECT© | Community Emergency Care Training

Background

Our Community Emergency Care Training Program (CECT©) is designed to empower a broad spectrum of community members, ranging from dedicated Community Health Promoters (CHPs) to a diverse cohort that includes boda boda riders, PSV drivers, teachers, and volunteers with essential skills to respond effectively to medical emergencies in the community, providing that lifesaving emergency care before an ambulance arrives or on the way to the hospital. This comprehensive training transforms both lay community members and CHPs into effective Lay First Responders (LFRs), underscoring the importance of community-wide access to emergency care knowledge and skills.

Lay First Responders (LFRs) are recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a way to provide basic prehospital emergency care in resource-limited settings of low- and middle-income countries. According to the WHO, training bystanders as LFRs is the first step toward establishing formal emergency medical services, which are often absent or non-robust in these settings. LFRs can increase the chances of survival and reduce the severity of injuries for victims of accidents or sudden illnesses, especially in rural areas where professional help may take longer to arrive. LFRs  also help to bridge the gap between the community and the health system, and contribute to the development of a culture of safety and prevention. 

Training

CECT© is conducted directly within the community by a team of qualified first responders faculty and volunteers. This comprehensive program spans three days and incorporates a blend of didactic lectures, workshops, and hands-on practical training.

 

Key Program Components:

  • Basic Life Support Skills: Participants acquire essential life-saving skills such as CPR and basic first aid techniques.
  • Emergency Response Strategies: The program educates participants on practical and effective emergency response strategies, equipping them to handle a spectrum of scenarios, from accidents to sudden illnesses.
  • Communication and Coordination: Participants develop effective communication and coordination techniques vital for mobilizing community resources during emergencies.
  • Understanding Emergency Services: Participants gain insights into the operations of emergency services, fostering improved collaboration with professional responders when needed.
  • Community-Specific Scenarios: Tailored content addresses emergencies commonly encountered within specific communities. This ensures that the training remains relevant and applicable for both Lay First Responders and Community Health Promoters.
Emergency Medicine Kenya Foundation