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Emergency First Responder Training In Majuro Health Fairs


Emergency First Responder Training In Majuro Health Fairs


The IOM Majuro sub-office has provided Emergency First Responder (EFR) training at two local health fairs in recent months. IOM set up a table at the Baptist Christian Academy Health Fair on February 1st 2013, and also was invited to share information at the health fair organized by the Coop school on March 1st 2013.  IOM engages in awareness raising activities in order to boost the resilience of communities in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, particularly in the case of climate induced natural hazards connected to climate change.  At the recent health fairs, besides for providing the EFR training, IOM distributed coloring sheets that promote safety in the case of natural disasters and encourage youth to learn basic first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The EFR training prepares trainees to take decisive action immediately following a serious injury or health emergency in order to preserve life, prevent permanent injury, and stabilize a patient using first aid and CPR techniques.  According to IOM’s Emergency Advisor, "The trainings include such subjects as scene assessment, barrier use, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), serious bleeding management, shock management, spinal injury management, injury assessment, illness assessment, bandaging, and splinting for fractures or dislocations."  This training is envisaged to empower graduates to support their communities in the face of any disaster, natural or man-made, that threatens life.

The Emergency First Responder (EFR) training is conducted under the Climate Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Education (CADRE) program funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AUSAID). It works on increasing resilience in the RMI and FSM by focusing on the education sector.

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