COVID-19: Psychological First Aid in Africa
This course shows how Psychological First Aid can aid those affected by COVID-19 in African countries.
Who is the course for?
This course is aimed at frontline or essential workers and volunteers dealing with the public during the COVID-19 pandemic in African countries.
No previous qualifications are necessary. The PFA approach is suited to low-income settings and community healthcare delivery models.
This content of this course has been adapted from Public Health England’s COVID-19: Psychological First Aid course.
What topics will you cover?
Being a good listener.
Understanding the importance of accurate information during the pandemic and where to access it.
Having the ability to encourage active coping by, for instance, helping people make plans.
Encouraging and helping people to connect to others (in line with current regulations).
Being aware of people’s cultural preferences and needs.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
Demonstrate an understanding of what Psychological First Aid is.
Identify for whom it is suited and how to help them.
Identify how to better support yourself and peers in such crises.
Engage with further reading into psychosocial support during emergencies.