Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has continued its health education and training efforts for Qatari society members of different ages and walks of life, through participating in several health and sports events as well as conducting health education lectures and first aid training courses at different civil society organisations, with a total of 1,980 beneficiaries.

As part of the National Sport Day celebrations, QRC medical staff were present during the sports events held at the Diplomatic Club and the Katara Cultural Village. They also actively took part in the ‘To Whom I May Concern’ one-day exhibition held at the Dukhan Recreation Club by Dukhan, Al Kiranah, and Al Kharsaa school association, as well as the ‘My Health Is the Source of My Wellbeing’ one-day exhibition held by the Al-Bayan Educational Complex for Girls. These events were attended by 1,350 visitors, students, teachers, administrative staff, and parents.

In these events, QRC had a special corner to receive visitors, inform them about QRC and its role in society, train groups of visitors in first aid, distribute diverse health education printouts, recruit volunteers for QRC’s Sixth Disaster Management Camp to be held in April 2015, give advising about diverse health and preventive topics, perform blood sugar and pressure tests for free, distribute QRC gifts to the public, and network with representatives of the participating organisations to expand the community scope of joint work.

Under the QRC School Program, QRC organised six lectures on healthy dieting, personal hygiene, and first aid applications. The lectures were attended by 500 youths, students, teachers, and parents at several sports and social clubs, charitable organisations, and independent schools: Barzan Youth Center, Al-Sadd Sports Club, Qatar Charity (Women’s Branch), Roda bint Mohamed Independent Secondary School for Girls, Al-Wafaa Model Independent School for Boys, and Al-Quds Model Independent School for Boys.

Lastly, QRC organised first aid courses for 130 beneficiaries at different companies and institutions in Qatar: Sharq Village & Spa Hotel, W Doha Hotel, Marriott Hotel Doha, the Diplomatic Club, Jaidah Group, Ebn Sina Medical, and Al-Yarmouk Independent Preparatory School for Boys.

The trainees received diverse experience and knowledge, including background information about QRC and basic training in first aid, surface water rescue, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); how to deal with cases of suffocation, bleeding, injury, fracture, burn, epilepsy, poisoning, and heat exhaustion‏; and techniques of moving injured people.

Through these activities, QRC seeks to create a culture of initiative spirit and volunteerism, promote safety and security standards, prepare capable medical staff to help the most vulnerable social groups, whether in emergency management, life support, standard of living improvement, mainstreaming of healthy attitudes, or disease prevention. This will help create a healthy and well-aware generation that can enhance development and work towards the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.