World First Aid Day, which was introduced by the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement in 2000, is an opportunity to raise awareness about a life saving act. This year on World First Aid Day, the theme is ‘First aid and road safety’.
Road traffic accidents have become a major global killer. Today, there is one road fatality every 30 seconds and more than 50 per cent of deaths from traffic accidents occur in the first few minutes after the crash. Yet much of this loss of life is preventable. First aid training educates citizens on accident and injury prevention, and gives them the skills to respond immediately to both major or minor emergencies.
This year the Red Cross Red Crescent is asking for legislative provisions to make first aid training compulsory for every driving licence candidate. It is also essential to introduce first aid training at all stages of a person's life – at home, in school, at the workplace. First aid training should be accessible to everyone, not just to those who can afford it.
First aid saves lives. It is for everyone, everywhere.