Date: 12 September 2020
Subject: FIRST AID SAVES LIVES
On 12 September 2020, the South African Red Cross Society celebrates World First Aid Day together with all Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The day is celebrated to raise public awareness of how first aid can save lives in everyday situations and crises. This day is also celebrated to encouraging first aid training for all and raising awareness about the importance of first aid required in accidents. First aid training provides more than the knowledge and skills to respond effectively; it also provides the confidence to act when needed.
According to the World Health Organisation, 40 000 000 home accidents per day of children aged 0 to 6 and 90 million home accidents per year for all age categories . During 2019 the SARCS provided First Aid Training to 12 000 people and a further 3000 people during the first quarter of 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic does not eliminate the need for First Aid as people will continue to need First Aid Services, especially now that hospitals may be overwhelmed with patients. The theme for World First Aid Day 2020 is “Adapting First Aid practices to the Pandemic”.
The need for First Aid was identified by Henry Dunant (Red Cross founder) who had seen the suffering and pain after the battle of Solferino on 24 June 1859. He then enlisted the civilian population and served the wounded, mainly women, girls irrespective of their role in the fight. With the necessary materials, he establishment makeshift hospitals and served them.
Issued By: The South African Red Cross Society
Enquiries: Sarieta Schultz
Mobile: 083 266 1468