Mosques Across the Country Open Doors for Life Saving Training

Press Release

26 September 2016

On Saturday 24th September, mosques across the UK opened their doors to thousands of people as part of the British Islamic Medical Association’s (BIMA) Lifesavers project. This collaboration with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is now in its third year, and involved hundreds of Muslim healthcare professionals volunteering to transform 35 mosques into public centres teaching CPR and basic life support skills to over 3,000 people.

Dr Wajid Akhter, BIMA Lifesavers Programme Director said, “In the UK 80% of cardiac arrests happen at home, and the average survival is about 8%. Other countries have shown that with effective public CPR education, survival improves to over 25%. With over 23,000 cases of out of hospital cardiac arrests happening each year in Britain, we can help save many lives with simple CPR training.”

Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said, “This is a great initiative which allows mosques and Islamic centres up and down the country to not just serve as a place of worship but to be service providers for all communities. To learn lifesaving skills together through interfaith initiatives really captures the essence of unity, where communities can learn and come together to save lives”.

BIMA Lifesavers is on track to become the largest, free, accredited, national basic life support training programme in the country, and is looking to help Britain become a nation of lifesavers.

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Notes to Editors:

The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over
500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques,
charities and schools.

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