My story

 

As a child, I unfortunately experienced the tragic loss of several dear family members due to medical emergencies. It saddens me to think about these incidents, as they could have been prevented if the people present had basic first aid training. 

In 2016, a close family member with pre-existing conditions lost consciousness during a flight. The flight attendants, who had been trained in first aid, provided basic life support and oxygen. Thankfully, she was stabilized until she could receive further medical care upon arrival. This incident motivated me to change my path in life - to raise awareness about first aid and other health emergencies so that everyone has the best chance in a medical emergency. 

With over a decade of experience as a healthcare professional, I have seen firsthand the significant impact of timely and effective first aid in medical emergencies. It can be the deciding factor in saving a life. These experiences, both personally and professionally, sparked a desire to start HEART FIRST AID AFRICA in 2019. Our organization aims to help healthcare-deprived communities build knowledge and develop the necessary skills to recognize warning signs and provide basic care until professional medical help is available. We wish to bring vital health education initiatives and effective first aid training to remote communities, recognizing the importance of promoting healthy practices and behaviors to prevent illness and disease. Additionally, we believe that effective health monitoring is crucial for protecting the well-being of these communities. Our efforts are driven by a commitment to improving the health of all individuals, regardless of their location or socioeconomic status, and we take pride in working toward this goal every day.

Whether you choose to volunteer your time, donate to our cause, or simply spread awareness about our mission, every action helps. Working together, we have the power to effect positive change and forge a healthier future for marginalized communities.

Thank you for considering joining us in our mission.

Sincerely,

Alima

Public Health Administrator

Alima@HeartFirstAidAfrica.org

Essential Public Health Services

The 10 Essential Public Health Services provide a framework for public health to protect and promote the health of all people in all communities. To achieve equity, the Essential Public Health Services actively promote policies, systems, and overall community conditions that enable optimal health for all and seek to remove systemic and structural barriers that have resulted in health inequities. Such barriers include poverty, racism, gender discrimination, ableism, and other forms of oppression. Everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to achieve optimal health and well-being.

  1. Assess and monitor population health status, factors that influence health, and community needs and assets
  2. Investigate, diagnose, and address health problems and hazards affecting the population
  3. Communicate effectively to inform and educate people about health, factors that influence it, and how to improve it
  4. Strengthen, support, and mobilize communities and partnerships to improve health
  5. Create, champion, and implement policies, plans, and laws that impact health
  6. Utilize legal and regulatory actions designed to improve and protect the public’s health
  7. Assure an effective system that enables equitable access to the individual services and care needed to be healthy
  8. Build and support a diverse and skilled public health workforce
  9. Improve and innovate public health functions through ongoing evaluation, research, and continuous quality improvement
  10. Build and maintain a strong organizational infrastructure for public health

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About Founder

Alima Toure is a healthcare performance leader with over a decade of wide-ranging experience in the United States and international settings. Her expertise includes in-depth knowledge of administrative practices, health education, and bedside care experience, all delivered from a position of care and compassion. Alima’s commitment to public health is evident in her endeavors to educate and empower others. As a dedicated professional, she carries a strong sense of mission to promote sound healthcare practices and disease prevention, striving to empower individuals to become advocates for their own health.

With a deep understanding of the challenges faced by underserved populations, Alima aims to create lasting change and improve the lives and health of individuals in those communities. She believes that collective efforts are necessary for long-term success. Building partnerships and fostering collaboration among community members, organizations, and institutions creates a network of support that can sustain initiatives beyond her individual involvement. She effectively uses diverse platforms to disseminate the message of Heart First Aid Africa, coordinating and leading complimentary events and community engagement programs where she not only provides valuable knowledge but also cultivates a sense of solidarity and collective responsibility.

A significant chapter in Alima’s journey involves her impactful role as a contributor to a daily health segment on a nationally syndicated radio show in Ghana. Through this platform, she connected with millions of listeners nationwide, sharing vital health tips and information. Understanding the power of mass media in effectively communicating essential messages, Alima strategically utilized this opportunity to raise awareness about various health issues. She particularly emphasized guidance on providing assistance during health emergencies, highlighting the importance of ensuring the well-being of affected individuals until professional medical help could be obtained. This commitment to public education and empowerment stands as a testament to Alima’s dedication to making a positive impact on community health.

 

Alima’s steadfast belief in healthcare as a fundamental human right propels her advocacy for a system that transcends geographical, socioeconomic, and educational disparities. This aligns with HEART FIRST AID AFRICA’s mission and vision, which aim to create a future where every individual possesses the essential tools and resources needed to maintain optimal health.