Ghana Red Cross Society has created a First Aid Department to strengthen its activities in first aid training and services to individuals, organizations, institutions and communities. This initiative has been incorporated in its strategic plan for 2011-2015
Amidst the dire need to improve the quality of our first aid services and training as a fund raising tool, there is inadequacy in the capacity and numbers of instructors.
The last refresher training for the instructors was conducted in 2013 for 24 instructors with financial and technical support from Finnish Red Cross. This training has improved the status of the society as a commercial first aid provider
To optimize our gains in first aid training as a fund raising tool, Ghana Red Cross Society with support from the Finnish Red Cross once again, is increasing the number of trainers to ensure quality and on-time delivery of service by organising this training.

Course Purpose

The workshop was specifically intended to develop efficient and capable cadre of instructors who will promote and implement first aid training throughout the country, ultimately saving lives, ensuring sustainable cash flow to the national society and its branches and improving the image of Ghana Red Cross society

Training Objectives

•    To increase the knowledge and skills of First Aid Instructors
•    To standardize and harmonize first training and service  throughout the country
•    To discuss and adopt Africa First Aid Materials (AFAM) as the working tool for first aid training

Course Methodology

The course promotes the sharing of relevant knowledge as well as technical and managerial skills not only by facilitators, but also by participants. During the course participants were given opportunities to share experiences, challenges and lessons learnt from their practices in first aid
The course was also based on the principles of ‘interaction and discussions improve learning’ (Learn by Doing). Each day was structured with interactive lectures, classroom exercises group discussions, demonstrations, simulations and other adult learning methodologies that enabled participants to practice and demonstrated skills acquired. A number of video clips related to key topics will supplement discussions. Upon completion of the workshop, participants were awarded instructors certificates.
   
Training Objectives

•    To increase the knowledge and skills of First Aid Instructors
•    To standardize and harmonize first training and service   throughout the country
•    To discuss and adopt Africa First Aid Materials (AFAM) as the working tool for first aid trainings
A/ Drivers Training
The programme started at  8.30 am with 24  participants present. The participant from upper East was late because he took his father to hospital who suddenly fell sick on the day of the training
Participants were taken through administrative procedures for the workshop and ground rules were also set
120 minutes was used to discuss standard topics to be used for training of drivers throughout the country. Participants were taken through a flip chart presentation which participants will use during the training of drivers when negotiations are completed with DVLA.  Simulation exercises using toy cars were used.
The topics discussed were Bleeding, shock stress management, incident management and unconsciousness

Issues

 1. Participants agreed that the maximum time for drivers training is 120 minutes
2. 20% of training period will be allotted for theoretical teaching while 80% will be practical
3. Spoiled or crashed vehicles will be used for demonstrations
4. Training sessions can be conducted in open spaces
5. The maximum number of trainees per trainer is 15
  Time-Table for Drivers’ training: