From April 23 to 25, the Canadian Red Cross and the International Red Cross / Red Crescent Society hosted the first International First Aid Education Conference in Niagara Falls, Canada. This conference aimed to build new strategies to address how to educate and support citizens on first aid to improve people’s confidence in first aid skills and their propensity to act.
In contrast to a traditional conference with lecture-style presentations and plenary sessions, this ‘un’-conference used a non-traditional, interactive session format where the participants, from 25 different countries world-wide, actively participated, collaborated, discussed, networked and shared ideas.
During one of the interactive break-out sessions, CEBaP presented and discussed the ongoing project on the development of evidence-based first aid educational materials for children in sub-Saharan Africa. Participants got to increase their insight into the process of developing evidence-based first aid materials that are age- and context-appropriate. Moreover, they were the first to receive a copy of the brand new publication “Teaching first aid to children in Africa”, which contains the validated educational pathway on first aid. We hope this has inspired them to create new and effective first aid training programs for children.