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Scottish student to teach first aid in Malawi

Written by Mar 01, 2016

An Aberdeen student is set to travel thousands of miles to Malawi to carry out humanitarian work.

Sarah-Jane Reilly of Robert Gordon University (RGU) will travel more than 5,000 miles to the Southern African Country to work with communities in the small nation, where lack of medical care can be fatal.

The nutrition student, 20, is now hoping to raise £1,500 for the charity First Aid Africa.

She will take a break from studying at RGU to join the charity and teach life-saving first aid skills in schools and orphanages.

Reilly said: “I wanted to give something back; it’s about giving a skill to people rather than just money.

“They have almost no access to healthcare in some communities in Malawi, and even minor injuries can be fatal.

“It will be a great experience teaching first aid out there, and it’s a skill that can be passed on, and keep saving lives.”

The World Health Organisation has shown that more deaths occur through injuries than from HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis.

Reilly has previously volunteered to help the sick in Lourdes, and the homeless for Aberdeen Cyrenians.

Aberdeen is a port city in northeast Scotland, where the Dee and Don rivers meet the North Sea.

With a booming offshore petroleum industry, the city is home to an international population.

Reilly now wants to help those in Malawi who have no medical care, passing on skills in schools, orphanages and other community spaces.

Malawi, a landlocked country in southeastern Africa, is defined by its topography of highlands split by the Great Rift Valley and enormous Lake Malawi.

Sarah-Jane is due to fly travel on June 19 to work with First Aid Africa.

First Aid Africa works to provide, and encourage access to, sustainable first aid equipment and education across sub-Saharan Africa.  

The organisation offers courses concentrating on providing sustainable training, which doesn't rely on imported equipment or western handouts.  

First Aid Africa provides support through the provision of training resources and practical lessons.  

The organization recruits volunteers from the UK and other partner communities to provide sustainable emergency healthcare solutions to benefit the public. 

First Aid Africa is funded by constituent societies at UK Universities and through individual donations & grants.  


The charity offers life-saving training to partners in sub-Saharan Africa.

Last modified on Tuesday, 01 March 2016 14:38

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