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Staff Nurse

Tamale Teaching Hospital,Ghana
Oct 2010Present

Founder & Director

Community Emergency Response Team Ghana

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Who We Are: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Ghana is a non- profit, non- governmental organization that seeks to manage natural and manmade disasters in Ghanaian communities through community volunteers. CERT, Ghana seeks to train community volunteers on basic rescue techniques of disaster management. It envisions a Ghana where every individual is entitled to the basic skills and knowledge of disaster management.

Vision: Doing the Greatest Good for the Greatest Number.

Mission Statement: Managing natural and man made disasters through community volunteers who are trained on, first aid and basic rescuing techniques. Health education and setting up mobile clinics to take care of disaster victims post disaster is our hope.

Objectives: CERT ,Ghana seeks to contribute to disaster management and the promotion of the spirit of voluntarism inGhanaian communities.

In furtherance of thisgoal CERT, Ghana seeks to:

·To promote voluntarism and voluntary efforts in the management of community emergencies in cases of natural and man made disasters.

·To help other departments responsible for ensuring public and community safetythrough rescue techniques by using the community volunteers as they are nearer to the scenes.

·To train community volunteers in the management of emergencies.

·To support victims to cope with psychological and economic effects of natural and man made disasters and integrate them back to society.

What We Do : CERT Ghanapromote the spirit of volunteerism .Instillin every Ghanaian that we all have a hand in hometown security and that every community is secured in terms of disaster through its efforts. We share information on the best practices of disaster preparedness in the country through training of community volunteers on basic techniques of disaster management skills. Health Education is also our hope. campaigning on disaster prevention with the right base approach.

Areas thatWe Work : CERT, Ghana’s scopeof workconcentrate on three thematic areas namely :First aid through training of community volunteers on( Basic Life Support and Trauma Life Support), Search and Rescue Techniques through training of volunteers on basic techniques of retrieving victims in building collapse or earthquakes, Fire suppression is also our hope. Post disaster health needs of victims and Health Education on outbreaks of diseases are the cross-cutting issues and each thematic groupis encouraged to our volunteers to mainstream them. Specifically, programmes and policies of training our volunteers arewithinthe national and global frameworks, focusing on issues of disaster preparedness and management through our volunteers who are trained on the basic skills and techniques of crisis or disaster management and approach.

·CERT, Ghana organized Health Outreach programme at Buipe,a village in northern Ghanthat was hit by flood last year. Anumber of medical professionals were sent to this village to assess and examine their health needs with first aid treatment. A consultant in Anesthesia and a specialist in Emergency management of Tamale Teaching Hospital was also part of this trip. We sensitized the people on flood and disaster preparedness. This attracted a national attention as the National Television hada media coverage of the programme.

·Engagement on the training of community volunteers of CERT, Ghana with Crisis commons in USA.

·CERT, Ghanahas liason with the Ghana Ambulance Service.

Thematic Groups: CERT ,Ghana volunteersare encouraged to work and attend workshops organized by CERT to enreach their knowledge and skills of disaster preparedness and rapid response based on current and global accepted framework and understanding.

The organization works with Standard Operating Procedure(SOP) document that is similarly used by the Medical Reserve Corp in united State. The organization has a constitution that governs its activities and volunteers are registered.

The organization monitors and analyses policy formulation and implementation and share its findings and makes recommendations on these findings.


Membership of CERT, Ghana comprises mainlyprofessional volunteers and non professional volunteers, civil societyorganizations, community groups, youth groups, development organizations and affiliate members from other organizations.


1. Dr.Adam Abass: Neuro-surgical consultant Tamale Teaching Hospital and University for Development Studies (UDS) Medical School.

2. Chief Alhassan Issahaku: Director for Northern Regional Population Office.

3. Dr. Ahmed Zakariah: Director of Ghana Ambulance Service .

4. Dr. Ibrahim Abubakari: Orthopedic consultant Tamale Teaching Hospital and Medical School of UDS

5. Alhaj Adam Issahaku: A medical practitioner and C.E.O. of Haj Adams Clinic.

6. Yakubu H. Yakubu: Director CERT, Ghana and a Registered Nurse at the Intensive Care Unit Tamale Teaching Hospital.

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