First Aid program, FATA Branch 2017
First aid is a vital initial step for providing effective and rapid intervention that can help reduce injury and suffering and improve the chances of survival. Taking immediate action and applying correct and appropriate first aid measures makes a difference. Having high quality, evidence-based first aid education available to people worldwide contributes to building safer and healthier communities by preventing and reducing risks in daily emergency and disaster situations.
Importance in Pakistan:
According to UNDP report 2017, Pakistan is a medium developing country, holding the Human Developing Index number (0.587) ranked 147 out of 188 countries. The world sixth populous country. Resources are limited e-g finance, time, quality, qualified trained and skilled human are short in number. Raising the number of disasters occurring in shape of earthquakes, floods, internally displaced person along with high mortality and morbidity rate, so keeping in view this big picture, it is need of the hour to cope up with this alarming situation by intervening through lifesaving techniques i-e First Aid trainings throughout Pakistan. These techniquesfocuses on the education and provision of first aid, from a public health perspective, preventing an injury or illness is always better than needing to treat the victims. Every educational programme addressing first aid should, as appropriate, begin with information on how to prevent the illness or injury.
Role of PRC:
First Aid Program is the flagship program of RC/RC Movement and First Aid Trainings are the strength of Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC). PRC has changed its strategic direction to increase its outreach. Initially the Program was running in NHQ and 7 x Provincial Branches, providing regular first aid trainings through its volunteers all over Pakistan. Keeping in view the increased number of RTAs, bomb blasts, floods and earthquakes, PRC decided to take up the momentous goal of training a “First Aider in every home” The program will now be implemented in 152 districts of Pakistan, through District First Aid Trainer in each district. The target audience for this program will be educational institution (schools, colleges and universities). Pakistan produces about 445,000 university graduates and 10,000 computer science graduates annually. A number of institutions of higher learning are active in the country, and keeping in view the Pakistan’s Context, these are the influential driving forces behind every concept. PRC First Aid Program will target these to run its First Aid Trainings for their communities who in turn will make this a part of their curriculum and train every student the F.A skills. Universities not only spread knowledge, they also spread in the society, to the families and extended families.
First Aid Program in FATA:
The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are located along Pakistan’s north-western Hamalaya zone and south-western Sulaiman Mountains and runs as a narrow tract along the river Indus with the parallel lines almost north to south. It consists of seven semi-autonomous agencies or administrative units – Khyber, Mohmand, Bajaur, Kurram, Orakzai, North Waziristan and South Waziristan. Additionally, the FATA includes ‘frontier regions’ that adjoin the districts of Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Tank and Dera Ismail Khan.
The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in the post 9/11 environment has been at the center of global attention due to terrorist threats emanating from it. The region has been fraught with security challenges and humanitarian disasters, such as the internal displacement of local population and the destruction of human and physical infrastructure.Though violent incidents continued to take place in the entire Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in 2016. Militant attacks, such as suicide bombings, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and target killings have been observed in all the seven agencies. Coupled with this, a significant number of FATA population remained internally displaced and continued to suffer the horrors of war. A series of militaryoperations, consisting of ground offensive and aerial strikes, continued to target the remaining militant points in the area.
In continuation with above phrase,FATA is a backward area where no such basic and fundamental health care facilities are being practise. Poverty in general and low literacy rate specifically are some of the root causes. Fata is a disaster prone area i-e (flood 2010 in FATA) death toll was 91 while 89 were injured badly. Keeping in view all the discussed situation there is intensive need of intervention. First aid is a program to advocate, aware and empower the masses in terms of delivering first aid training session in entire FATA. Program has the potential to lengthen the life expectancy of public, mortality and morbidity rate will be definitely reduce. First Aid Program is extended to FATA to accomplish the Mission ” creating first aider in every home” a national level prioritized agenda.
Achievements in 2017.
First Aid department of PRC-FATA comprises of 14 HR including one program coordinator and thirteen FA trainers at the coverage area. Despite all of the challenges and hurdles, the trainers started their activities smoothly and gradually with full support of PRC-PHQ.Due to communication gap, most of the trainers shared their reports in hard form with FA department where compilation has been made prior sharing with NHQ.A total of 433 training conducted in different educational institute across the FATA and FR in which 8782 volunteers has been oriented and trained about first aid.
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Nomenclature of Beneficiaries:
- Levy forces, Frontier Corps
- Educational Institutes
- Islamic Madarass
- Tuition Academies