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ASTO 02 TOGO Kpalimé (Kloto) Hea-Soci 06/07/2020 25/07/2020

ASTO 02 First aid gestures Kpalimé  (Kloto) 
06 to 25/07/2020 Hea-Soci 
 
Project description 
 
 In Togo, many people are still unaware of the basic gestures for rescuing victims of a road accident or an incident affecting the physical body. In view of the increase in road accidents in recent years in the town of Kpalimé, the NGO ASTOVOT has been implementing a training and awareness project on "life-saving gestures" for the past three years.  The project consists in raising awareness and training in particular motorcycle taxi drivers commonly called "Zémidjan" and in general all road users on lifesaving gestures so that they can have basic knowledge in the field of first aid in case of traffic accidents or other incidents (trauma, cardiac arrest, bleeding ... etc.).  This project will not only enable the beneficiaries to have reactions adapted to first aid but also the necessary provisions to prevent, limit or remove an imminent danger in the event of an incident and also how to alert the emergency services. 
 
Aims of project • General objective  The overall objective is to contribute to the awareness and training of local communities on "life-saving gestures" for a better care of victims in case of any accident before alerting the rescue or emergency services.  
 
• Specific objectives  - Strengthen solidarity between citizens through the learning of first aid techniques ; - To train the volunteers on first aid gestures so that they in turn become trainers on the project; - To sensitize and train motorcycle taxi drivers and the population in life-saving gestures through practical demonstrations at the different parking points in the city ; 
 
Work  
 
Each edition, the project is supported by a team from the National Federation of Civil Protection of Togo (FNPC). This training will focus on learning the first aid gestures.  The trained volunteers will in turn train motorcycle taxi drivers and other road users on different first aid modules. They will set up a detailed programme to provide first aid in different places in the municipality with the authorization of the town hall.   
 
The main lines of the training will be: "Securing the scene of the accident and the people involved - Assessing the victim's condition - Asking for help - Dispensing first aid. 
 
The basic gestures that will be taught are : Choking - Bleeding - Unconsciousness - Cardiac arrest (first aid and defibrillation) - Heart attack. 
 
Camp language 
 
French and English are the two languages of the project. However, French is the official language spoken in Togo. It is advisable for English-speaking volunteers wishing to participate in this project to have a minimum level in French, because a large majority of local volunteers and communities have a low level in English. 
 
Location 
 
Situated 120 km north of Lomé, the commune of Kpalimé is the ideal place for nature lovers and hikers who wish to discover beautiful mountainous landscapes and tropical flora. Numerous natural waterfalls will allow you to refresh yourself at the water's edge. Kpalimé is also home to the most important craft center of the country where a very large number of artists and craftsmen have settled. 
With about 101 088 inhabitants, Kpalimé is a tourist town in the Plateaux region. Chief-place of the Kloto prefecture, Kpalimé is home to numerous infrastructures such as : district hospitals, post office, town hall office, prefecture, police station, gendarmerie, banks, schools, etc. In short, all public and administrative services are represented. Apart from the public and administrative services, you will find art shops, shopping centres, bars, restaurants, discos, etc. The big market of Kpalimé comes alive every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and abounds in a multiplicity of products, vegetables of all kinds. 
Accommodation  
 
Housing conditions are generally basic (especially in rural areas). The group is housed together in a house in which the volunteers have to share the rooms (usually 2 to 4 rooms).  We have small mattresses and plastic mats that will be used as bedding for the volunteers. Because housing is often not equipped with beds. However, volunteers can provide small air mattresses or small floor mats, sleeping bags, mosquito nets ...etc.  
Food  
Volunteers prepare their own meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on site. The dishes are varied and diverse with local and imported ingredients provided. However, the diet of each volunteer is respected and taken into account in the preparation of the meals. During the international days decreed on the workcamp, each group of volunteers (Europeans or Togolese) can present a typical dish from their country or continent. 
Leisure 
As part of the international workcamp, several activities are organized: discovery walks, hikes, festive outings, cultural meetings. These activities allow volunteers to get in touch with local populations but also to discover Togolese culture. During the weekends, group excursions are organized to discover the tourist sites of the region where the construction site is located. It should be noted that the participation (transport, visiting fees and other costs) of these activities are covered by the volunteers themselves.  
NB : Internet access and electricity are limited depending on the project areas.