The African Development Bank funded project “Provision of Road Safety Inputs for The Chinsali – Nakonde Road Rehabilitation Project” (budget of USD 1.17 million) is being implemented by NTU from 2019 to 2022. The project aims at reducing the risk of road accidents due to an increased traffic volume on the road and intends to target 50.000 local people in the regions of Chinsali, Isoka and Nakonde. The local people, include vulnerable road users, truck and bus drivers, taxi and minibus drivers, as well as construction workers. The project has the overall objective of promoting and enhancing road safety awareness in the project area, and to train technicians for rescue operations.
The activities implemented by NTU in this project are, among others:
- Road safety awareness and educational activities for communities, road users and schools
- Training of First Responders on the Road corridor
- Training of Technicians in rescue operations including the handling of rescue equipment.
- Procurement of equipment for use in rescue operations.
- Road safety audits in line with AfDB requirements.
How we are doing it
One of the activities delivered by NTU is road safety education and publicity campaigns along the corridor. The activity involves the provision of road safety education and awareness raising campaigns along the corridor in liaison with and the approval of the beneficiary. A Professional First Responder Training Course was delivered during the first year of the project and included the following ten different modules:
- The Role of the Professional First Responder;
- Patient Assessment;
- Airway Management;
- Respiration and Ventilation;
- Basic Life Support;
- Circulation and shock;
- Medical related emergencies;
- Trauma Related Emergencies;
- Final Examination.
The Professional First Responder Training Course has the objective to support the Government of the Republic of Zambia and the Road Development Agency in reducing fatalities and serious injuries through an improved first responder system. The training course had the effect of providing additional knowledge and raise awareness. Moreover, it is expected that this course will increase responsiveness to post-crash emergencies, notably among emergency health professionals, and this with the objective to provide appropriate emergency treatment and longer-term rehabilitation for crash victims.
Kick-off meeting in Lusaka