As part of the celebrations of  World First Aid Day observed by the international community under the global theme of ‘First Aid for and by the Children’, Qatar Red Crescent Society’s (QRCS) Medical Affair Sector held a training event for children at Katara’s Childhood Cultural Center (CCC).

The event was attended by 50 students and 10 teachers of Al Duhail and Al Rashad Primary Schools, employees of CCC, Dr Ahmed Idlibi, Head of Health Education, and Dr Walaa Nabil, a first aid trainer and training coordinator of QRCS.

The purpose of the event was to promote QRCS’s image as a community development and health education provider, as well as to raise awareness about how to help injured people, particularly children.

QRCS seeks to invest in children’s ability to build their first aid experience for the benefit of themselves and their peers, which in turn will inspire adults of different walks of life. This goes in line with QRCS’s strategy of making first aid a general practice by everyone and for everyone.

In the first part of the session, the children received a lecture on basics of first aid to save lives and control complications. Among the taught skills were (1) how to dial the emergency number properly to ensure quick arrival of medics; (2) helping cases of fainting, suffocation, wound, burn, fracture, and nosebleed; (3) prevention of road accidents; (4) first aid for facial and jaw injuries; and (5) first aid kit.

The second part of the session involved a practical demonstration of how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); emergency number dialling; and mutual first aid for suffocation, choking, and nosebleed. The students were also trained in the content and use of first-aid kit.

Instructional first aid printouts, first aid kits, and gifts were handed over to the students.

World First Aid Day is a global observance instituted by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in 2000 and has been celebrated each year ever since.

World First Aid Day aims at raising awareness of how first aid can prevent injuries and save lives in everyday and crisis situations, as well as at promoting the accessibility of first aid.

The term ‘first aid’ refers to the assistance given to anyone suffering a sudden injury or illness. Its main goals are to preserve life and prevent the condition from worsening. It is not always performed by medical personnel. In emergency situations, ordinary people often have to perform first aid to save someone’s life.

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