Since 2000, the World First Aid Day, established by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (International Federation), has been celebrated on second Saturday of September. The main purpose is to attract attention and encourage people of all ages to learn First Aid so that they have skills and confidence to address various emergency situations, to emphasize the importance of first aid habits, to raise awareness about risks people might face with in various situations and how to prevent injuries, to reinforce individual’s role in protecting themselves and others from accidents and injuries that occur.
World First Aid Day is an opportunity to promote and advocate for first aid knowledge and skills for wider public. World First Aid Day also recognizes the important role that National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and other organizations have in providing quality First Aid training worldwide as a way of building people’s capacity to respond institutions of injury or illness.
First Aid skills should be accessible to all as the vital humanitarian act that empowers people to save lives and helps for recovery from sudden illness or injury.
The International Federation is the leader in the world’s first aid manuals. In 2014, 15 million people took part in the Guidelines organized by 116 National Societies.
Every year a new topic is chosen and around the world, various events are organized by 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world. The subject of this year is “Domestic Accidents”.
The English proverb says that my home is my castle, but it has been revealed that we can face with different hazards or accidents at home like poisoning or drug intoxication, get wounded, burn, fracture, choking, spinal and other injuries.
In Europe alone over 3 million people suffer domestic accidents each year, more than 7,000 of which are fatal. Worldwide, the common preventable injures that occur in homes are result of electrical shocks, burns, poisoning, choking, loss of consciousness or cardiac arrest, failing. Alarmingly, drowning is among the 10 leading causes of death of children and young people in every region of the world.
Domestic accidents are often preventable and are result of lack of awareness of risk factors, failure to comply with safety standards or dangerous devices and chemical substances. Promoting a culture of safety and prevention can reduce a majority of injuries and accidents in the home. Domestic accidents affect all populations, regardless of age, sex, income or geographic region; more people die from preventable injuries in the home than by road accidents; it is essential that family, peers and community members are equipped with First Aid skills, a vital step in the chain of survival and prevention of domestic accidents.
All above mentioned information was presented to the public in the event in Ismayilli region organized by the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society (AzRC) and dedicated to the World First Aid Day.
The event was held at the Central Park of Ismayilli with the participation of the Executive Authorities, Education, Health and other official representations, general population as well as the AzRC representatives from the Headquarters, staff and volunteers of the AzRC Ismayilli branch. The program of the event had been included official speeches with presenting full range of information about the day and importance of the First Aid, carrying out competition of first aid knowledge and skills, practical demonstrations between 24 schoolchildren from Tirjan and Tazakend villages trained on FA before and quiz among general population. Winners of competition (1t and 2 places) and quiz were awarded with prizes and gifts.
It should be noted that the event, dedicated to the World First Aid Day, was organized within the framework of “Building Safe and Resilient Communities” project financially and technically supported by the Austrian Red Cross Society and the Austrian Development Agency since 2012. From 2016 the project will last for the next three years. The project is being implemented at six villages of Ismayilli (Sumagalli, Tazakend, Tirjan, Diyalli, Zarnava, Kurdmashi) and two villages in Gusar (Anig and Kuzun).