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PRCS to set up First Aid Training centres in 40 disaster prone districts.

ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) will have well equipped First Aid Training Centres in at least 40 disaster prone districts in the next five years. With the establishment of these training centres the capacity of the PRCS in imparting First Aid Training will increase from 8000 - 9000 persons, to over 25000 persons annually.

This was stated by the PRCS Secretary General Dr Mahboob Sardar on the occasion of World First Aid Day being celebrated globally with the Theme: "First Aid for the vulnerable people."

Talking to a group of journalists here he said the philosophy behind First Aid is to save lives, prevent physical disability and alleviate human suffering by responding with available resources to daily emergencies, disasters or conflict situations where health

professionals are either absent or overworked. First Aid is synonymous with Red

Cross / Red Crescent Movement. Rather, the International Red Cross Movement began

with provision of First Aid when its founder Henry Dunant witnessed suffering

of soldiers on the battlefield of Solferino, Italy in 1859 and provided aid to thousands of injured soldiers with the help of local women and youth. The spirit of care for the wounded and protection for those not engaged in battle was thus born and still appropriate for today.

The PRCS has been a pioneer in the area of First Aid and regularly imparting First Aid training through its National Training & Resource Centre at National Headquarters, Islamabad and Branch Headquarters in all provinces, FATA, AJ&K State Branch and some district branches. Significance and importance of this activity can be judged

from the fact that since 1999 the PRCS all over Pakistan has trained over 150,000

people in First Aid.

These trainings were imparted to all segments of society, including communities, volunteers, college / school students, industrial workers, corporates, international NGOs, commercial organizations, police etc. Training of youth of Pakistan is a very important part of this whole effort because of their voluntary spirit, commitment to well being of humanity and likely availability for a longer period. Therefore special emphasis is being laid on training of students and First Aid Training is being imparted in over 100 institutions every year.

Pakistan Red Crescent Society aims to reduce death and sufferings due to injury or sudden illness. First Aid training is not only useful in emergencies; it also helps in preventing injuries. When people take First Aid training they reduce their risk of getting

injured, as much as 40%, because they become aware of potential dangers and

learn to avoid them. Community Based First Aid (CBFA) is a very important part of First Aid Programme and provides the basic knowledge to the local community regarding handling of emergencies at home or in the community.

It helps communities in developing the capacity to handle the casualties in case of disasters and reduce the risk of disability and unnecessary deaths. CBFA also emphasizes preventive health care and environmental hygiene which leads to a healthier life style. Women participation in CBFA training is encouraged for imparting a feeling of self worth and self reliance. The knowledge gained in CBFA training also facilitates the effective management of a disaster on a small scale.

With every training more and more people are taught how First Aid saves lives. This is why the PRCS has adopted the slogan "A First Aider in Every Home". The management of PRCS urges all Pakistanis to join them in realization of this dream. First Aid courses of different durations and syllabi, from 5 to 30 hours, have been designed to impart different levels of skill and according to requirements of individuals, organizations and communities. These courses in addition to teaching handling of various injuries, emergent situation and sudden illness, also teach the participants about the Red Cross / Red Crescent Movement, preventive health care, personal hygiene, communicable diseases and any emerging health issue which is the potential hazard for the humanity.

The First Aid Trainings, as part of Disaster Preparedness and Response programmes, is being given increased importance and a phased programmed has been launched to enhance the training capabilities at all levels. At PRCS, National Headquarters a First Aid Training and Resource Centre was established in 1999. At Branch level First Aid Training Centres have been established at Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar and Muzaffarabad. Now these training centres are being upgraded and provided with training equipment and materials to conduct more trainings and also improve their instructional standards. Concurrently establishment of First Aid Training Centres in selected disaster

prone districts have been planned for stepping up of training activities at

district level on a regular basis.

The NT&RC at Islamabad apart from conducting First Aid Training courses continuously upgrades training material on First Aid according to laid down international standards. The centre is involved in planning & implementation of training activities and projects which are in conformity with Pakistan Red Crescent Society mission. NT&RC also maintains links with the Branch Training Centres through provision of technical assistance, supervision and monitoring of training activities for ensuring uniform quality training. Provision of essential inputs for the training centres i.e. availability of staff dedicated for First Aid Training, training aids & equipment and other support are ensured.

In this noble cause the international organizations like the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) are providing assistance in conduct of First Aid trainings and

building capacities at National and Provincial Headquarters and in identified vulnerable districts. The PRCS continues to strive to further strengthen First Aid programme at all levels, with the help and support of people from all segments of the society.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Sep 8, 2012
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