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COVID-19: Psychological First Aid in Africa

COVID-19: Psychological First Aid in AfricaPublic Health

FREE ONLINE COURSE (with a PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible)

  • Duration: 3 weeks

This first responders’ course outlines how Psychological First Aid (PFA) can aid those affected by COVID-19 in African countries.

Recognise the signs of psychological problems caused by the pandemic

This course will show front-line responders how to recognise when people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are in distress, and how to provide them with Psychological First Aid (PFA). It is specifically designed for first responders in Africa and reflects the different healthcare situations of African countries.

Learn Psychological First Aid for first responders

PFA is the globally recommended training for supporting people during emergencies. On this course, you’ll discover PFA and how it can be used as a form of psychological care.You’ll receive training in how to use PFA to offer practical and emotional support to others.

Identify how to treat the psychological effects of COVID-19

You’ll explore the mental fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa, and learn to recognise those who might be at increased risk of distress. Pinpointing ways to care for yourself and other first responders, you’ll train in how to work in an emergency, and read further into how to provide psycho-social support in crisis situations.

Help to mitigate the mental effects of coronavirus in Africa

Public Health England are experts in providing health protection and emergency response. This course has been written and reviewed by experts in the field and specially adapted for use by first responders in African countries. It draws on guidance from the World Health Organisation and the United Nations, and has been adapted for the context by the UK-Public Health Rapid Support Team (PHE/LSHTM) with input by experts from WHO AFRO, Africa CDC, and the West African Health Organisation (WAHO).

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 psycho-social support during emergencies

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.

Who developed the course?


Public Health England: We exist to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. We do this through world-leading research, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and providing specialist public health services.

What's included?

Public Health England are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible

To know more about the course and to register, visit: 

Source: FutureLearn

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