JUDITH C. UKAGWU

Judith C. Ukagwu – Life Savers Project

In 2017, my family was involved in a vehicle accident in a rural community in Abia state, Nigeria. Unfortunately there were no functional hospitals, nor first aid support from anyone nearby. The hospital in the nearest city was a long distance away and my beloved mother passed away before we arrived. Upon further investigation, I discovered that this is the precarious situation faced by many rural dwellers, especially the children, who are most vulnerable. This inspired me to undertake this project, in order to improve the chances of survival for underserved people living in slums and rural areas in health emergency situations.

The Life Savers Project provides basic first aid training to residents of rural communities in Nigeria. Beneficiaries receive training in areas such as: ABC: Airway, Breathing and Circulation, children and adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), wound management, bleeding, burns and scalds, snake and insect bites, and more. The unavailability of infrastructure, such as functional hospitals in rural areas, the distance rural dwellers have to travel to get medical care and the lack of basic first aid information, often results in avoidable deaths. With this first aid training, beneficiaries will be better equipped to save lives.