Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has recently participated in a number of health events organised by some Supreme Council of Education (SCE) schools and continued to conduct lectures and training courses for schools, banks, companies, and institutions with a total of 1,255 beneficiaries of different ages.

In relation to participations in health events, QRC Medical Affairs Department had an active presence in the cultural and educational week organised by Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Independent Secondary School for Boys under the title of ‘Biggest Wealth’ to fight smoking and chewing tobacco and show their dangers. The event was attended by 300 visitors.

It participated also in a three-day safety and security exhibit organised by Abo Hanifa Independent Model School for Boys, under the title of ‘Together for a Better Health,’ with 150 visitors.

In both events, QRC had a special corner to receive students, teachers, and staff; inform them about QRC and its role in society; train groups of students and teachers in first aid; distribute diverse health education printouts; recruit volunteers for QRC and particularly for the coming Disaster Management Camp in April 2015; deliver a lecture on QRC’s first aid programme and its importance for lifesaving; encourage a healthy, nonsmoking lifestyle; distribute QRC gifts to students; and network with representatives of the participating organisations to expand the community scope of joint work.

Under the QRC School Program, QRC organised seven lectures on healthy food, personal hygiene, and first aid applications. The lectures were attended by 500 students, teachers, and parents at five schools: Al-Andalus Independent Primary School for Boys, Al-Aqsa Preparatory School for Girls, Al-Andalus Preparatory and Secondary Private Schools for Boys, Zubaida Secondary School for Girls, and Al-Khansaa Independent Primary School for Girls.

Lastly, QRC organised first aid courses for different companies and institutions in Qatar for 305 beneficiaries, the newest of which was a series of 11 courses in Arabic and English for 175 Qatar National Bank (QNB) staff members.

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.