World First Aid Day is annually observed on the 2nd Saturday of September across the world to promote the importance of first aid training in saving lives and preventing injuries and to create awareness among the general public that first aid saves lives.
2020 World First Aid Day falls on 12th September 2020.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies(IFRC) established the World First Aid day in 2000 to encourage the general public to learn first aid and ensure the first availability of pre-hospital care (first link of the survival chain) for all.
First aid is the immediate assistance provided to the injured to minimize the injury or future disability and to keep the victims alive until the arrival of the medical professionals.
- To save the lives of the victims.
- To handle the condition of the injured and prevent further infection.
- To take the injured to the nearby hospital before any other complications.
Global road safety and IFRC collaborated to create a platform to provide resources and learning materials that are required to reduce the rate of deaths due to traffic accidents.
Online training and workshops are organised by IFRC to educate the general public on the basics of first aid.
i.Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers have been providing first aids services to the injured people for more than 100 years.
ii.Around all the 187 Red Cross Red Crescent(RCRC) National Societies(NS) focuses on First Aid as their core activity.
About International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies(IFRC):
Secretary General– Jagan Chapagain
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland