October first marks International Healthcare Workers Day. We wanted to take this opportunity to reiterate how grateful we are for all the work and commitment it takes to pursue a career that focuses on saving lives and helping people get better.
Basics of First Aid
First aid training should be an important element of education. We believe that once a set of steps you need to undertake to save someone's life become a set of habits, everyone can act when the situation calls for it. Unfortunately, it is often the case that adults become too confused in stressful situations, and knowledge they might possess is not useful. At the same time, children who receive training can act on instinct, and the steps they are taught become their second nature.
Based on our experience, children are eager to learn first aid, and they respond very well to all activities related to learning and practice of CPR. Therefore, our charity has been running an educational initiative to reach as many children in primary schools as possible to introduce them to first aid training. The programme, which was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, was initiated 14 years ago, and to date, almost 3 000 000 children learned the basics of CPR. To provide professional and detailed training, a team of qualified instructors (trained according to the American Heart Association's Standards) organize training sessions for teachers, who in turn pass the knowledge further to their little pupils. We have trained 30 000 teachers!
Schools that participate in the programme receive teaching aids, such as textbooks, exercise books, and teaching manuals. We have also donated 68 097 manikins to ensure that the pupils learn exactly how to proceed with chest compressions and rescue breaths.
Our charity campaigned to introduce 32 hours of CPR lessons across all three years of primary school education. But, unfortunately, the ministry of education ignored our pleas.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation saves lives: it is proven that quick administration of CPR on an unconscious person (in the first 3 to 5 minutes) can increase the chances of survival.
On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 1st, as the International Day of Older Persons. The day serves to remind us about the needs of older persons.
See the light - this is the very telling motto of our winter fundraising initiative. We will raise money to buy equipment for children's ophthalmology. Next year we will buy medical devices to save children's eyesight!