My story

 

 
During my childhood, I unfortunately experienced the tragic loss of several dear family members due to medical emergencies. In a more recent incident in 2016, a close family member had a medical crisis and lost consciousness during a flight. Fortunately, the flight attendants, who were trained in first aid, swiftly administered basic life support and oxygen. Their intervention prevented a tragic outcome by stabilizing her until she could receive further medical care upon arrival. These experiences, combined with my role as a healthcare professional, compelled me to redirect my life's focus—prioritize preventative care and health education. This includes raising awareness about first aid and preparedness in handling health emergencies and critical situations effectively.

HEART FIRST AID AFRICA 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 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

About Founder

Alima Toure, a global health performance leader, has over a decade of extensive international experience. Her expertise includes administrative practices, health education, and bedside care, all delivered with care and compassion. Alima’s commitment to public health is evident in her efforts to educate and empower others, driven by a strong mission to promote sound healthcare practices and disease prevention.

Understanding the challenges faced by underserved populations, Alima aims to effect lasting change and improve the lives and health of individuals in these communities. She believes in the necessity of collective efforts for long-term success. Alima effectively utilizes various platforms to disseminate Heart First Aid Africa’s message, organizing and leading complimentary events and community engagement programs. Through these initiatives, she not only imparts valuable knowledge but also fosters a sense of solidarity and collective responsibility.

A significant aspect of Alima’s journey involved her impactful role as a contributor to a daily health segment on a nationally syndicated radio show in Ghana. Through this platform, she was able to reach millions of listeners nationwide, through which she shared vital health tips and information. Recognizing the power of mass media to effectively communicate essential messages, Alima strategically utilized this opportunity to raise awareness about various health issues. She particularly emphasized guidance on providing assistance during health emergencies, stressing the importance of ensuring the well-being of affected individuals until they can receive professional medical help.

Alima’s steadfast belief in healthcare as a fundamental human right drives her advocacy for a system that transcends geographical, socioeconomic, and educational disparities. This aligns with Heart First Aid Africa’s mission and vision, which strive to create a future where every individual possesses the essential tools and resources needed to maintain optimal health.

0 + Impactful Ways to Contribute to our Mission of Improving Healthcare in Underserved Communities

               Empower Change

  1. Volunteer Your Time: Consider volunteering with HEART FIRST AID AFRICA. Your expertise, whether in healthcare, education, or community engagement, can make a significant difference. Participate in training sessions, health workshops, or awareness campaigns. Your time and skills can empower others and save lives.
  2. Collaborate: If you work in a related field, explore collaboration opportunities. Whether you are a healthcare professional, educator, or community leader, your partnership can enhance our reach and effectiveness.
  3. Spread Awareness: Use your voice and influence to raise awareness about HEART FIRST AID AFRICA. Share our mission on social media, organize awareness events, or collaborate with local organizations. The more people know about our work, the greater impact we can achieve.
  4. Advocate for Policy Changes: Advocate for policies that prioritize healthcare access and emergency preparedness. Support legislation that ensures quality healthcare for all, regardless of their background or location.
  5. Donate: Donations help provide essential medical supplies, educational materials, and training resources.