Disque Foundation team lands in Kenya to train dozens of health care providers, and the public, in advanced life support practices
January 11, 2020 Chicago – During the ten-day trip, January 11-21, a team of Disque Foundation volunteers and partners will train 25 health providers and an additional 50 members of the public in a variety of lifesaving techniques including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and First Aid. All Disque Foundation trips offer free-of-charge training.
The trip includes a stop in Magadi, a small village several hours southwest of Nairobi. The team will work with local officials there to not only determine specific medical and educational needs of the community, but also train local residents and health care providers in CPR. The team will then return to Nairobi to lead additional CPR and ACLS trainings.
While in Nairobi, team members will reconnect with several “super-users” previously trained by Disque Foundation team members. These highly trained individuals are a key part of the Disque Foundation’s success and mission. After more advanced training “super-users” have the skills to train others in their communities. The super-user model expands the Disque Foundation’s work exponentially and ensures its life-saving work continues long after Disque Foundation teams depart.
The foundation’s trip is a project of SaveaLife.com, a partnership between the Disque Foundation and National Health Care Provider Solutions, the most trusted name in online medical certification, and the Global Foundation for Cardiac and Children’s Services (Global FICCS). Global FICCS provides medical and educational services to underserved communities in East Africa including free heart surgeries, health screenings and equipment donations.
“This is our third trip to Africa,” says Disque Foundation Outreach Director and trip leader, Mackenzie Thompson. “We’re always inspired by these trips, especially when we’re able to return somewhere we’ve been before and can see the impact of our work.”
More about the Disque Foundation
The Disque Foundation empowers people to save lives by providing advanced health care education to underserved populations in the United States and around the world. Through its Save a Life Initiative, the Disque team teaches multiple life-support courses through a first-of-its-kind, free online platform.