In Togo, a large number of people are still unaware of the basic actions needed to rescue people who have suffered a road accident or an incident affecting the physical body. Since the situation is becoming more and more alarming these last moments, the NGO ASTOVOT sets up for two years a project of training and awareness on the “gestures that save”. Thus the project consists in raising awareness and training in particular taxi-motorcycle drivers commonly known as “Zemidjan” and in general all road users on the actions that save so that they can have basic notions in the field of first aid in case of traffic accidents or other incidents (trauma, cardiac arrest, bleeding … etc.). This project will not only allow beneficiaries to have adequate reactions to first aid but also the necessary provisions to prevent, limit or eliminate imminent danger in case of an incident and also how to alert the emergency services.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT
The overall objective is to contribute to the awareness and training of local communities on “Saving actions” for better care of victims in case of any accident before alerting the emergency services or emergency.
– Strengthen solidarity among all citizens through the learning of first aid gestures;
– Train the volunteers on the first rescue actions so that they in turn become trainers on the project;
– To sensitize and train the drivers of taxi-motorcycle and the populations to the gestures that save through practical demonstrations to the different points of parking of the city;
At each edition, the project is supported by a team of the National Federation of Civil Protection of Togo (FNPC). This training will focus on learning the first steps of relief.
Volunteers trained in turn will train Motorcycle Taxi drivers and other road users on different first aid modules. They will set up a very detailed program to dispense the actions of the first aid in different places of the municipality with the authorization of the town hall.
The main lines of the training will be: “Securing the accident site and the people involved – Assessing the condition of the victim- Requesting help- Dispense first aid.
The basic actions that will be taught are: Choking – Bleeding – Unconsciousness – Cardiac arrest (rescue and defibrillation) – Cardiac malaise.
Housing conditions are generally primitive.
The volunteers will be housed together in the same house with several rooms (usually 2 to 4 rooms) and will live near the project site. Housing will be provided with plastic mats or straws but volunteers can however provide small inflatable mattresses or small floor mats (no bed), sleeping bag, mosquito nets etc. The kitchen will be organized by the volunteers themselves.
Volunteers will cook and eat together their meals. In the kitchen, they will use the local products. There are many various vegetables and fruits in location, so vegetarian and vegan diets can be continued. NB: Clean drinking water available.
Internet access and electricity are limited according to the areas of intervention of the projects.
Apart from the activities to be carried out on the building site, you can enjoy walks, meetings with the particularly welcoming population, organize parties and excursions to visit the surrounding villages.
Created in 1957, the NGO Togolese Association of Volunteers at Work (ASTOVOT) is one of the first Togolese associations. As a non-profit layman, ASTOVOT has been supporting international solidarity initiatives for a number of decades, as well as the self-promotion of grassroots communities through local development projects. Today, it remains a great reference in terms of international volunteering and civic service in Togo. Each year, the NGO ASTOVOT receives dozens of volunteers from European countries (Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, Luxembourg…) and also from Asia (Japan) thanks to its partnership with several organizations working in the field of international volunteering and civil service. With a staff of six (6) people within the Coordination, the Togolese Association of Volunteers at Work (ASTOVOT) is an association of International Volunteering and Local Development with the objective of:
– Contribute to the animation of the life by the participation of the Togolese and foreign volunteers to the realization of the works of general interest;
– Contribute to improving the living conditions of local populations by promoting their development and well-being by safeguarding the ecological, socio-cultural, educational and health environment;
– Promote the movement of people and goods through international and intercultural exchanges;