About the Regional Advocacy for Public Development (RAPiD)
The Regional Advocacy for Public Development (RAPiD) is a non partisan, non affiliated and not for profit organisation formed in response to the growing concerns of the steady devaluation of the quality of life in Ghana.
We are a multi-purpose advocacy group which aims to find effective solutions for public safety, health and socio-economic problems through research, consultations and advocacy.
RAPiD has three main areas of focus;
1. National First Aid and Basic Life Support Training: Citizens as first responders - this involves training members of the public in basic life saving skills to help as first responders to Road Traffic Accidents (RTA) accidents and natural disasters.
Research indicates that first responders play a very important role in the preservation of life and thus wrongful handling of casualties causes more deaths than the impact of the accident itself. This means that the lack of First Aid and Basic Life Support skills of ordinary citizens who are usually the first at the scenes of accidents in Ghana, cause them to mishandle casualties. This accounts for the high prevalence of mortality and morbidity relating to RTA and natural disasters in Ghana. Studies by Coleman, (2014) and WHO, (2014) indicate that 80% of RTA's in Ghana can be attributed to speeding and five regions (Ashanti, Greater Accra, Central, Western and Eastern region). Thus, the RAPiD nationwide campaign will target key communities along highways in these regions. Additionally, First Aid Stations will be mounted at strategic areas to augment a timely intervention during an accident.
This is projected to save more than 50% of the lives of accident victims and support professional accident and trauma services. The project is estimated to last for two years.
While the Ghana government government and other institutions explore ways to proactively mitigate the current problems of high the prevalence of RTA and fire, there is also an urgent need to equip the "First Responders" to the scenes of accidents with the necessary basic skills to preserve life.
To this end, RAPiD is has embarked on a national campaign to train members of the public in First Aid and Basic Life Support. We have visited schools, organisations and institutions to conduct these trainings free of charge. We continue to train people in accident prone areas, the Police, churches, GPRTU staff, drivers, schools, market places etc.
We believe that this will create the necessary awareness and understanding of our moral, legal and financial responsibilities as citizens of Ghana.
2. Youth Development Programme: In harmony with RAPiD’s objectives, the organisation is implementing the Youth Development Program (YDP) which is designed to target the youth of Ghana in junior and senior high schools across the country. The program aims to help develop young people for leadership and inspire useful initiatives among them towards community service with essence of voluntarism.
With youth groups or clubs at the center, the YDP adopts a systematic approach to identifying ideas that qualify feasible solutions to existing problems as recognised by respective communities in cooperation with suitable public institutions. This further empowers the youth to be actively involved in the decision making processes which include the identification and resolution of pressing communal problems, and further influence path ways through consistent follow ups with responsible authorities until the problem is fixed.
The objectives of the YDP are set to be achieved through the mechanism known as Club Formation and Administration. Youth Clubs (Young Developers’ Club) are formed and administered in each participating school as this mechanism remains the main medium through which the YDP is operationalised, monitored and appraised. Thus the Young Developers Clubs, through effective mentoring from RAPiD officials and collaborating resource persons, will be managed and administered by the students in their bid to drive and own the changes they seek out of problems they identify. Through this process, students are expected to be fostered with the following advantages;
- Develop their abilities for critical thinking and analytics to problem solving either as an individual or group responsibility;
- Students’ involvement enhance their sense of belonging and nurture them with self-confidence and self-esteem in consideration of their clubs’ achievements;
- Enhance interpersonal skills and the potential for the development of a strong support network of concerned youth while instilling core national values such as honesty, integrity, discipline, selfless commitment, patriotism, moral courage, emotional intelligence and loyalty;
- Cultivate basic professional skills emerging from development of their organisational capabilities as well as experience in relation to cooperating public and private institutions.
3. Policy and Implementations: RAPiD aims to evaluate current policies and advocate for change where lapses have been identified. We also seek to ensure the maintenance of the established peace and democracy in our country by making sure that development and infrastructure is available to every citizen of Ghana irrespective of their party affiliation, socio-economic status, tribal background or geographical location.
Mission, Vision and Values
RAPiD exists to:
- Work in the best interest of the Ghanaian public
- Remain fair in judgement and decision making
- Not operate to further the interests of any political party
- Be professional, fair and diplomatic in all our operations
- Uphold and work within the constitution of Ghana
- A better state of well-being and development in Ghana.
- To effect positive change and development through research, education, empowerment, advocacy and outreach projects.
First Aid & Basic Life Support
Current statistics and reports indicate a high prevalence of mortality and morbidity as a result of road traffic accident (RTA). It is also a fact that the first responders to the scene of accidents play an important role in the preservation of life if they are...
Youth Development Program
In harmony with RAPiD’s objectives, the organisation is implementing the Youth Development Program (YDP) which is designed to target the youth of Ghana in junior and senior high schools across the country. The program aims to help develop...
Policy and Implementations
RAPiD aims to evaluate current policies and advocate for change where lapses have been identified. We also seek to ensure the maintenance of the established peace and democracy in our country by making sure that development and infrastructure...
Articles and Opinions
As citizens, not spectators, we all have a opinions and concerns. Our thoughts and feedback on social media and other circles, go a long way to influence change in the right places. We may all not share the same opinions or ideologies as our ...