Over the past period, Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has implemented several health education and training activities and programmes 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 1,410 beneficiaries.

As part of the first phase of the National Communicable Disease Prevention Campaign (Weqaya), extended indefinitely in partnership with the Supreme Council of Health (SCH), 900 workers of Mannai Corporation in the Industrial Area received hygiene kits and were trained in how to best use them, with a view to raising awareness among expatriate workers about the healthy lifestyle, causes of diseases, prevention techniques, and the importance of personal hygiene.

QRC medical staff were present at the annual two-day QAFCO Flower & Vegetable Show and the World Day for Safety and Health at Work in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor, with up to 200 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, 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 organizations to expand the community scope of joint work.

Under the QRC School Program, QRC organised six lectures on healthy dieting, personal hygiene, oral and dental health, and first aid applications. The lectures were attended by 250 students, teachers, and parents at seven schools.

Head of QRC Health Education, Dr Ahmed Mohamed Dib Adalbi, was hosted in four 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 four first aid courses for 60 beneficiaries at different companies and institutions in Qatar. 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.