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 public events as well as conducting health education lectures and first aid training courses at different civil society organisations, with a total of 1,110 beneficiaries.

QRC medical staff were present at the Fifth Career Future Exhibition held by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) over three days at the Hospitality Club, Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City, with 650 attendees. A special QRC corner was set up 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.

Young girls educated on healthy habits 2Under the QRC School Program, QRC organised eight lectures on healthy dieting, personal hygiene, and first aid applications. The lectures were attended by 350 students, teachers, and parents at several independent schools: Mesaieed Independent Primary and Preparatory School for Boys, Maimoona Independent Primary School for Girls, Al-Shahania Independent Primary and Preparatory School for Boys, Al-Wakra Independent Primary School for Girls, Al-Quds Model Independent School for Boys, Halima Al-Sadia Primary School for Girls, Qatar Independent Preparatory School for Girls, and Al-Israa Independent Primary School for Girls.

Head of QRC Health Education, Dr Ahmed Mohamed Dib Adalbi, was hosted in several episodes of the ‘Learn First Aid’ series on the Qatar Quran Radio. He talked about QRC’s medical activities and gave some useful health information of public concern.

Lastly, QRC organised first aid courses for 110 beneficiaries at different companies and institutions in Qatar: The St. Regis Doha, The Diplomatic Club, and Hello Baby Kindergarten, as well as a surface water rescue training course for the staff of Gulf Supplies and Commercial Services (GSCS).

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.