Classes were attended by physiotherapy professionals and included First Aid lessons

In a joint action between the governments of Brazil, Japan and Mozambique, Kids Save Lives Brasil participated in the first Professional Training Course of Physiotherapy Health in Mozambique, Africa. It was composed by physiatrists, physiotherapists and physiotherapy technicians from various regions of the country and took place between the 7th and 18th of June at the Hospital de Mavalane, in Maputo.

The course was taught by Profa. Dr. Naomi Kondo Nakagawa, from the Department of Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy at Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (FMUSP), in addition to the physiotherapists Paula Fernanda Augusto Kozima and Maria Eduarda Nossa de Almeida Cocchieri.

“I received an honorable invitation from the Japanese International Cooperation Agencyfrom Brazil and Mozambique”, says teacher Naomi Kondo, who is also one of the coordinators of Kids Save Lives Brasil. She also highlights the visit of the Ambassador of Japan in Mozambique, Hajime Kimura, to the project.

At USP, an elective course linked to Kids Save Lives Brasil is offered by FMUSP for all undergraduates. In it, the students learn the initial actions that must be taken in cases of stroke, heart attack, myocardial infarction, drowning, choking and other emergencies. In Maputo, these skills were also taught and cardiopulmonary resuscitation training performed.

Professor Naomi highlights an example of the importance of this teaching with the case of Danish football player Christian Eriksen, who suffered a seizure followed by cardiac arrest during a match on the 12th of this month. "Medical help arrived quickly, in 2 minutes he was already receiving the first chest compressions and, at 4 minutes and 30 seconds, an automatic external defibrillation, which saved his life”.

For the professor, it’s possible to extract from this type of situation the importance of an increasingly wide range of activities by Kids Save Lives Brasil. “A life saved in a situation like this makes us aware of the need to insert the learning of basic life support into the school curriculum”.