Australian Islamic Medical Association (AIMA) conducted Lifesavers programs at Mosques and Islamic centres across different Australian states and territories, both physical where possible and virtual in states with COVID-19 lockdown.
On Saturday, 25 September 2021, AIMA conducted a Lifesavers program in Queensland (Brisbane, Mackay and Townsville) Adelaide, South Australia and on Saturday 2 October 2021, in Perth Western Australia.
Lifesaving skills such as hands-on experience with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), management of choking, recovery position and use of Automated Electrical Defibrillator(AED) were taught.
Between 15 to 40 community members, including men, women, and children, attended this program at each site. We had excellent feedback from the attendees and a suggestion to conduct these programs regularly.
AIMA ACT team (Canberra) refused to bow down to COVID restrictions, conducting an online lifesavers program, where 30 people attended this online session.
This tells us that “where there is a will, there is a way.”
Once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, AIMA aims to run these lifesavers programs in every Masjid and Islamic Centre across Australian States and Territories.
The lifesavers program was started in the UK by British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) in 2014 as the ‘BLS Mosque Project’, teaching life-saving skills in three Mosques in London.
The project has expanded each consecutive year through the immense efforts of the team, in 2019, over 840 volunteers came together to teach BLS to over 4000 members of the public in 114 Mosques nationwide.
Lifesavers is a unique project which aims to unite healthcare professionals, inspire one another & serve their local communities through teaching essential life-saving skills in Mosques around the World!
Lifesaver program was so successful that it was co-opted by the Federation of Islamic medical association (FIMA), and now it runs across all the continents in multiple countries.
This project led to increased attendance of both Muslim men and women to the mosques, including some mosques opening up their doors to Muslim women worshippers.
Details of other activities conducted by the Australian Islamic Medical Association is available on the website: www.aimamed.com.au