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World First Aid Day 2020

The most precious thing we can give one another is “care”. It is a value that is universal and this World First Aid Day we are proud to call ourselves caregivers to hundreds and thousands of people seeking care and helping them heal.

Care is what unites us as human beings. It could be caring for our fellow citizens, care for the environment, care for our friends and family, care while interacting and ensuring we don’t hurt other people’s feelings etc. When we care, we automatically make everything better.

World First Aid Day 

The term “first aid” refers to the assistance given to a person suffering a sudden injury or illness. First aid aims to save lives and mitigate the pain or damage caused by injury or illness. The significance of First Aid is that it can be administered by anyone provided the person is trained efficiently. This is why, very early on, school children are taught how to make a first aid box. They are taught about what and how every component such as bandages, band-aids, disinfectant etc., in the first aid box works to mitigate damage caused by injury and save lives.

It is said that even in countries with the most responsive emergency services it can take up to ten minutes for an ambulance to arrive at the scene and help the patient or victim. These ten minutes are sometimes extremely crucial and even with the best emergency treatment, people can lose their lives. Therefore, quick and effective first aid is critical in saving lives till help arrives and sometimes first aid may be all that a person needs to survive.

Every year, the second Saturday of September marks World First Aid Day. The day was founded by The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies in the year 2000. Its main purpose was to raise awareness on the importance of first aid and how crucial it is to save lives. Each year millions of people die and many of these deaths are unnecessary.

With the frequency of natural disasters, wars, social unrest etc. on the rise, human lives are at risk today more than ever. This calls for a global joint effort on First Aid in humanitarian crises.

“First aid saves lives” — The theme for World First Aid Day 2020

Whilst basic first aid does save lives, unfortunately, the current reality is very different. In fact, millions of persons lack access even to basic first aid. This gap between access to first aid and the persons that need it the most is what World First Aid Day 2020 seeks to focus on.

The observance of the theme highlights the importance of teaching, training, learning and knowledge sharing of First Aid knowledge to everyone.

The coronavirus pandemic has halted a lot of things in the UK, and that included our free community first aid training sessions, however, we hope, very soon to start delivering these again, so if you are interested in hosting an event, please do drop us a line.

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