Red Cross First Aid Course
Due to the prolonged evacuation after the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi accident, the worsening or development of disuse syndrome and life-style related diseases is a concern. The Red Cross First Aid Courses are provided for the survivors who are living in temporary housing or private rental houses rented by Fukushima Prefectural Government and people who experienced the evacuation. The provision of the courses is aimed at learning how to prevent or deal with these diseases.
Organized by: Fukushima Chapter; JRCS city/town/village branches; and temporary housing residents’ associations.
Instructed by: Instructors for JRCS First Aid Courses.
Duration: 1.5 hours (for a short course).
No. of participants: 10 - 30 persons.
(1) First Aid: Learning CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), disaster prevention course, etc.
(2) Child Safety: Prevention of accidents particular to infancy.
(3) Healthy Life Course: Useful knowledge about how to live a healthy life, and how to provide supportive care to the elderly in need at home and within the community, and relaxation of shoulders and neck.
(4) Course for Supporting the Elderly in the Event of a Disaster: Knowledge about particular diseases which the elderly may develop, helpful skills, and tips for volunteering, etc.
The courses were held at meeting rooms in temporary housing compounds, community centers, and schools in Fukushima Prefecture.
Comment by Fukushima Chapter staff
• The Red Cross First Aid Courses (part of the recovery assistance programs) mainly include the following four courses:
1. First Aid: Learning CPR and how to use an AED.
2. Child Safety: Prevention of accidents particular to infancy and their treatment.
3. Healthy Life Course: Useful knowledge about how to live a healthy life, and how to provide supportive care to the elderly in need, at home and within the community.
4. Water Safety: Knowledge and skills in first aid in order to prevent the loss of human life in water accidents.
• Among them, the First Aid course is provided very often every year as the AED is increasingly disseminated. More people see the defibrillator and get interested in it. Also at temporary housing, the AED is installed in a meeting room, for example. The Fukushima Chapter provides the courses upon request.
• The Child Safety course is often joined by adults who come in with their children. Some are not able to concentrate on the course. Therefore, we think that a nursery room will need to be opened in some cases while the course is provided. However, there are fewer requests for holding the Child Safety course possibly because only a small number of households with small children are living in temporary housing.
• Many of the temporary housing residents are elderly people. Healthy Life Course is what we would like them to receive. However, much of the program content overlaps that of the Red Cross Health Class program and the Healthy Life Course is thus not provided as often.
• The Water Safety course has not been provided as part of the recovery assistance programs.
• The Red Cross First Aid Courses are provided to prepare for accidents. In particular, we hope the survivors will learn CPR in case of suddenly suffering a heart stroke or heart attack, which are life-style related diseases. We also hope for them to learn how to use an AED, which was funded by international donations from Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and installed in meeting rooms in temporary housing compounds.