The World Health Organisation has identified that the proportion of people who die from injuries sustained in road traffic crashes before reaching hospitals in low and middle-income countries is over twice that in high-income countries.
It has been shown that targeted training in first aid of key groups and the timely provision of first-aid by trained and non-medical first responders can make a significant difference to a road crash victim’s chances of survival.
Ethical approval has been obtained from the Nepal Health Research Council and the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK for this study which explores first responder training for the traffic police in Makwanpur District, Nepal.
Nepal, traffic police are often the first to be present at the scene of a road crash and help victims. Providing them with training on first response could have a significant impact on the reduction of the complications caused by road traffic crashes. However, little is known about the capacity of traffic polices to provide first response and the feasibility of such training in Nepal. Thus, we are planning a post-crash, first responder training programme for the traffic police in Makwanpur District. Following this study, we believe we will generate the evidence for a feasible first responder training programme that could be scaled-up for traffic police personnel across Nepal.