By Cleopatra Eki
In its effort to improve first-responder training capabilities in Nigeria, LFR International (LFR) has announced a new partnership with the Health Emergency Initiative (HEI),
LFR and HEI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) this week detailing the goals of the collaboration.
By implementing LFR’s proven training program, HEI seeks to improve outcomes between the site of injury and hospital admission.
Zachary Eisner, LFR International Co-Founder,said“HEI has a proven track record of improving post-crash care in Nigeria,” .
We are so grateful for the work that HEI is doing and know that we are aligned in our mission to save lives. We can’t wait to get started with our partners on the ground in Nigeria.
He added that the two organizations aim to reduce fatalities from road traffic accidents, which are currently the leading cause of youth casualties in Nigeria. On his part, Executive Director of Health Emergency Initiative (HEI), Paschal Achunine, noted that this synergy is critical in scaling the existing First Responders training of the organization.
LFR International (LFR) acknowledges the assistance of HEI, to implement its successful training programme in Nigeria for the first time. LFR lnternational and HEl sets to train 350 first responders in few months.
This will be done by enrolling 350 first responders in the LFR/HEI programme, with options to increase numbers in the programme over the following year.
According to the statement, this will be the seventh country where LFR holds first responder operations and sixth in sub-Saharan Africa. LFR International is a 501(c)(3)non-profit that empowers Lay First Responders.
Founded in 2016 by Peter Delaney and Zachary Eisner, the organization has trained over 5,000 first responders to date. LFR International is currently training first responders and conducting research in 8 low and middle income countries of need.
HEI has been very active since 2015 in providing life-saving support and prehospital care for accident victims, payment of medical bills of indigent and vulnerable patients in public health institutions and equiping Nigerians in CPR/First Aid and Crowd control skills in Lagos and other States