Starting from the conception of the campaign back in December, the campaign Jumpstart My Heart, by Malta Health Students’ Association (MHSA) in collaboration with Insite, was set to achieve a great goal in health awareness. Following a meeting held yesterday with the Honourable Education Minister Evarist Bartolo, the campaign’s biggest aim of introducing basic first aid courses as part of the curriculum in secondary schools, has been given the go ahead for a test run in one college with the potential of introducing it nationally in the long run.
The campaign that went live late January fought well and hard to bring to the front the lack of knowledge of the Maltese population on the biggest killer on the Maltese Islands, Coronary Heart Disease. The campaign strived to show the public the importance of knowing how to give CPR, and how the lack of first aid qualifications amongst the general public lead to a huge number of unnecessary deaths.
Following thorough research on the topic, the organisations published a policy paper which gives a 360 degree feel towards awareness on Coronary Heart Disease. The paper covers basic information on how the heart works, to how Coronary Heart Disease develops, how basic first aid could save someone’s life after suffering from cardiac or respiratory arrest, laws surrounding the rights of first aiders, prevention of heart diseases and more.
Nicole Borg is a currently a 4th year student studying Communications and Theatre Studies. She joined Insite as a writer and editor in 2014/2015. Following she progressed to join the media team as Publications Officer in 2015/16. Currently she is the Executive Editor of Insite Malta for the term of 2016/17.