First aid in Northern Tanzania
First Aid Africa teaches vital emergency skills
- By: Hannah Preston
Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world, with most residents living as subsistence farmers in rural areas. Houses are usually made of wooden frames covered in mud or concrete, and they have no electricity. Although primary education in Tanzania is free, secondary schools have to be paid for at a cost of roughly $200 (£129; €155) a year compared with an average yearly wage of $564; less than half the population are educated at this level. The probability of dying between 15 and 60 years is around 500 per 1000.1
With no ambulances to transport people to hospitals, and with most residents living in rural areas, emergencies that would be survivable in the West are often fatal in Tanzania. These incidents could be reduced with a greater knowledge of initial life saving first aid.
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