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IFRC: Children Trained in First Aid Can Save Lives

Update: 20/09/2016
GENEVA — First aid, if administered in a timely fashion, can save the lives of thousands of people, who otherwise would perish. According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), everyone should know how to administer first aid in an emergency.
 

IFRC: Children Trained in First Aid Can Save Lives

 

To mark World First\r\nAid Day, the Swiss humanitarian agency is putting special emphasis on children\r\nby calling on schools worldwide to make first aid training a mandatory part of\r\ntheir curriculum.

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The Red Cross\r\nFederation has strong support for its call from Princess Charlene of Monaco,\r\nwho is the organization’s 2016 goodwill ambassador for first aid. This work\r\nfits in well with her personal passion.

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The princess, who is a\r\nformer Olympic swimmer from South Africa, created the Princess Charlene of\r\nMonaco Foundation in 2012 “to save lives by putting an end to drowning, one of\r\nthe leading causes of unintentional injury worldwide.“

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She told VOA her\r\nparticular focus on drowning resulted from a tragic experience.

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“I lost my cousin to\r\ndrowning when he was five years old and I have some friends that have lost\r\ntheir children to drowning too," she said.

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“So, I thought, look,\r\nit is something I would really like to be actively involved with," she\r\nadded. "I feel that there is nothing more devastating to a family than\r\nlosing their child to drowning.”

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The Red Cross\r\nestimates 1 million children die every year from treatable injuries and\r\nmillions more are hospitalized as a result of accidents like drowning, automobile\r\ncrashes, falls and burns.

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The World Health\r\nOrganization reports drowning accounts for more than 370,000 deaths a year. It\r\nis the third leading cause of unintentional injury worldwide every year and is\r\namong the 10 leading causes of death among children and young people in every\r\nregion of the world.

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The highest drowning\r\nrates globally are among children between the ages of 1 and 4 years, followed\r\nby children ages 5 to 9, according to the WHO.

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“Empowering young\r\npeople as first aid providers will not just save lives," said Princess\r\nCharlene. “It will prepare them for a future in which they can be an active and\r\nresponsible citizen in their local communities.”

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Her foundation\r\noperates sport and education programs in 27 countries where children learn to\r\nswim and follow water safety programs.

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Princess Charlene said\r\nchildren are at particular risk during emergencies such as natural disasters,\r\nconflicts and epidemics.

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“Today, we would like\r\nto remind the world that children are capable of saving lives — of themselves\r\nand others around them if they are equipped with first aid training," she\r\nsaid.

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She added, “children\r\nlearn more quickly during their early years than later in life.”

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Red Cross Federation\r\nSecretary General Elhadj As Sy said there is not just one World First Aid Day.\r\nHe said every day is a first aid day because every day in households, in\r\nfamilies, in communities, or in an accident scene, “people may be struggling to\r\nlose or to win their lives.”

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He said bystanders\r\noften are the first on the scene when emergencies occur and are the first\r\ncritical help in the chain of saving lives and alleviating suffering.

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"That very minute\r\nwhere a bystander is there or a skilled person that has been trained can make a\r\ndifference — that minute counts in many people's lives,” he said.

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Secretary General Sy\r\nsaid there was no need to have an event such as an earthquake, a flood or a war\r\nto showcase the value of first aid.

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“We just have to\r\nremember the fact that each year, 15 million people are trained and those\r\npeople are in the communities where we live,” he said. “They are also in the\r\nschools where children are not only agents on their own, but they are agents of\r\nchange. They can bring the appropriate behaviors and attitudes in their\r\ncommunities.”

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He noted that this\r\nyear, the First Aid Responder of the Year was a child from Iceland, named\r\nKaren, who performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, known as CPR, on her\r\nmother, who was having an epileptic seizure on a bus.

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“She saved her mother’s\r\nlife,” said Sy. “Like her, there are so many heroes today because they were\r\njust bystanders and were able to do the right thing ... And those heroes now we\r\ncelebrate today. We are supposed to be celebrating them every day.”

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More than 46 million\r\npeople receive Red Cross and Red Crescent first aid assistance each year. In\r\n2014, 180,000 volunteers and staff trained 15 million people, many of them\r\nchildren, in first aid in 116 countries.

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Lisa\r\nSchlein – Daily Mail

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