Where we started from
As a 4th year Medical student during his clinical rotation in the Emergency Room(ER) of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital in Benin City Nigeria, our Founder Ogbemudia Eddy Uwoghiren, witnessed the death of a 65-year-old retired civil servant who died a few minutes after his arrival at the ER having sustained fractured ribs and femur from an accident. He later got to learn from the Senior Resident Doctor that the patient would have survived had help reached him early enough through an Emergency Medical Service (EMS).
Returning to his hostel that night after the experience, he researched articles and journals and discovered that EMS is lacking in Nigeria and 9 in 10 Nigerians lacked basic First Aid skills. However, he was fascinated to find out from his research that international organizations have proposed that in low resource settings without EMS, training lay responders (ordinary citizens) in basic first aid skills is an alternative way of mitigating death during emergency conditions.
According to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, 2,786 Nigerians died from road traffic accidents in 2018 with more than half of these deaths being preventable had the victims received pre-hospital care or first responders had First Aid skills to administer in reducing the severity of injury before transportation to the hospital.
To tackle the gross injustice of preventable deaths during the emergency condition in Nigeria, he made a bold move by starting LifeSaversNG which is committed to ensuring there are zero preventable deaths during an emergency by empowering ordinary citizens with basic First Aid skills to save lives; stabilize victims before transportation to the hospital and techniques to be confident in approaching emergencies.
In the last 3 years of carrying out intervention programs through our community based First Aid training, we have empowered 315 persons with Basic First Aid skills including airway opening manoeuvres, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, (CPR), mouth to mask ventilation, choking relief, snake bites, drug overdose, syncope, recovery position, opioid overdose and maintaining of the Cervical spine.
Our Monitoring and Evaluation Analysis showed an increase in Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of First Aid among the beneficiaries from 18.1% to 49.7% with five beneficiaries returning to their local communities to hold a step down training.
Why we Exist
Globally, more than 1 million persons die annually from emergency conditions and road traffic accidents with 20-50 million resulting in injuries and disabilities.
In Nigeria, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 21.4 per 100,000 population die from emergency conditions/ road traffic accidents which is the second leading cause of death after –AIDS globally.
Disability secondary to road traffic injuries now ranks 9th for the causes of disabilities, and this is projected to rise to 3rd by 2030.
The death rate is astronomically high in Nigeria because of the non-existence of a National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as obtainable in developed countries and worse, first responders lack basic first aid skills to administer in reducing the severity of the condition before transporting the victims to the hospital.
International organizations have recommended that in low resource settings like Nigeria without EMS, training of first responders in life-saving first aid skills is the simplest way of filling this gap thus, the reason for our existence.
Founded in 2018, LifeSaversNG is a Nigerian based, volunteer-driven social enterprise with the vision of ensuring that everyone is equipped with basic first aid skills to save lives and the confidence they need in approaching emergency conditions.
We are achieving this by carrying out community-based interventions including but not limited to #Pulse4Beats, #ProjectBeforeADoctor, #StopTheBleed Campaign, policy advocacy, research, and consultancy services amongst others.
In the last 3 years, we have trained 1035+ persons in first aid skills.
Also, our monitoring and evaluation analysis has shown an increase in knowledge, attitude and practice of first aid among the beneficiaries from 18.1% to 49.7% with 5 beneficiaries having returned to their local communities to hold a step down training.
We are passionate about contributing our quota to achieving one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 targets which is to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents which currently stands at 1.25 million.
Training held so far
Our signature project is tagged #Pulse4Beats where we teach beneficiaries practical first aid skills simulating accident scenarios so they can be prepared to act in the capacity of lay responders during times of medical emergencies.
We have executed six #Pulse4Beats exercises in the past 3 years reaching youths, commercial drivers, teachers, staff of orphanages, students, etc. amounting to a total of 1056+ persons. We have also given 2750+ people first aid education indirectly.
Theory of Change
Evert four hours, no fewer than two lives are lost on Nigerian roads. And every year, about 20,000 of the 11.654 million vehicles in the country are involved in accidents.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the number of lives lost to road traffic accidents from January 2013 to June 2018 are as follows: 2013 – 5,539; 2014 – 4,430; 2015 – 5,400; 2016 – 5,053; 2017 – 5,049; January to June, 2018 – 2,623.
Between January 2013- and July 2018, statistics have it that a heartrending total of 28,195 lives were crushed in a road traffic accident, an equivalent of 415 lives per month, 14 persons per day, and two lives every four hours.
This makes Nigeria one of the countries with very high road fatalities in the world.
Worse, more than half of these deaths would have been prevented had help reached the victims early enough through a standardized Emergency Medical service (EMS) which is however lacking in Nigeria or better still lay responders at the accident scene had first AID Skills.
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