Senior first-aid instructors and paramedics Eliaz Mor and Amir Namyot from Magen David Adom – Israel’s national emergency-response organization – are spending two weeks in India training instructors within the Indian Red Cross.
This is part of a joint project among MDA, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Indian Red Cross to improve first response in India, a country prone to disasters and traffic accidents.
The two organizations approached MDA a year ago requesting help with training Indian senior first-aid instructors, who have new first-aid guidelines and needed practical instruction. The first workshop took place last year.
The Indian Red Cross instructors will be teaching first aid to Indian civilians based on the new program.
“We are happy to share our knowledge and experience with others,” said Mor and Namyot. “Even in today’s world, when technology is engrained in all walks of life, there is yet to be a substitute for a hand pressing down on a bleeding wound within the first few minutes of treatment. The skills that these instructors are learning are lifesaving.”
Magen David Adom Director General Eli Bin said there is extensive cooperation among MDA and Red Cross societies worldwide. “We are happy to share our unique professional knowledge with our partners from around the world promoting the important cause of saving lives.”