The project First Aid (formerly Samaritana) is the focus of the work of AiNA Soa. The aim of this project is to enable people in Madagascar to react correctly to everyday health problems and to provide first aid in emergency situations. Health care is to be improved at the basic level, in the villages, with trained Samaritans. The reason for this is the enormous unfamiliarity of the population. It has been repeatedly stated that suffering and dying could be significantly reduced by simple actions.
The aim of the project is to train people so that they can train people in the villages as Samaritans. Accordingly, people are to be trained, who in turn train people to become Samaritans.
Milestones of the First Aid project
Click on the document titles below to learn more about the beginnings of the First Aid project.
In 2006, a pilot project was carried out with the aim of improving health care in the remote villages of Madagascar.
After three years the Samaritana project was evaluated. With the gained knowledge and experiences, a follow-up project was outlined in cooperation with Dr. Ratsirbazafi Marie Rolland from the Institut National de Santé Puplique et Communautaire (see project outline of SAMARITANA above).
Health care is intended to be improved at the base, in the villages, with trained samaritans. The aim of the project is to train medically trained people so that they can train the contact persons in the villages as Samaritans. The project started on 01.01.2013.
In different districts, doctors and nurses are trained in the first aid centres. At this point there is no guarantee that the medical staff will pass on their knowledge.
The aim is to motivate and strengthen individual responsibility towards the population. For this purpose, we will also advertise to those responsible and hopefully find a common commitment. The desired effect in the population can only be achieved by anchoring in local structures and national recognition. Without this knowledge transfer being transformed into a Malagasy institution, the benefits would only be temporary and not very sustainable.
If good acceptance is found in the government as well as in the population, a significant improvement in health care at the basic level can be expected, which can reduce suffering and early death.