On 1 and 2 February, CEBaP and the International Cooperation Department of Belgian Red Cross hosted a meeting at the Rwanda Red Cross headquarters in Kigali. During this 2-day meeting, a panel of sub-Saharan African content expert and first aid instructors from several Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies discussed the draft version of the First Aid for Road Safety guideline. This guideline aims at providing people without medical background and typically with limited resources at their disposal with practical recommendations on the prevention, diagnosis and management of different road traffic accident-related injuries.
Two CEBaP researchers, including PhD student Irvin Kendall, presented the underlying scientific evidence (summarised in 11 evidence summaries) and provided information on the methodology that would be used to translate the evidence into recommendations and reach consensus during the meeting. The expert panel then discussed the appropriateness of the recommendations and the accompanying training materials used during a one-day training until consensus was reached. Moreover, potential barriers and facilitators relating to feasibility, acceptability and equity were identified to improve the dissemination and implementation of the training materials in the specific local African contexts.
Based on the feedback of the expert panel, the guideline and its training materials will be further adapted. These modified versions will be discussed during the following expert panel meeting in July 2023.