Elastoplast Equips Western Cape Primary School Children with Life-Saving First Aid Skills

Elastoplast partners with the SA Red Cross Society Western Cape to provide first aid training to primary school children in the Western Cape. The program aims to equip 10-13 year olds with essential life-saving skills, covering topics like CPR, wound care, and sanitation.

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Elastoplast Equips Western Cape Primary School Children with Life-Saving First Aid Skills

Elastoplast Equips Western Cape Primary School Children with Life-Saving First Aid Skills

In a groundbreaking initiative, Elastoplast, South Africa's leading plaster brand, has partnered with the SA Red Cross Society Western Cape to provide first aid training to primary school children in the Western Cape. This partnership aims to equip children aged 10 to 13 with essential life-saving skills, recognizing that young people are often the first responders in emergency situations, especially in communities where adult supervision is limited.

Why this matters: This initiative has the potential to significantly reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries in communities, especially in areas with limited access to medical care. By empowering young people withlife-saving skills, this program can create a ripple effect of positive change in communities, ultimately leading to a safer and healthier society.

The SA Red Cross Society Western Cape launched its First Aid Schools Project in 2022, providing basic first aid training in primary schools and youth-based organizations within the Western Cape. Elastoplast has committed to supporting the project, enabling its expansion and enhancement. In 2024, the Red Cross team will visit 30 schools, offering first aid training to 15 children per session, covering both theory and practical exams. Upon completion, each participant will receive a certificate.

Nokuthula Khumalo, Brand Manager for Elastoplast, emphasizes the importance of this initiative, stating, "More lives could be saved, health challenges avoided, and trauma contained if those first on the scene were trained in administering wound care and basic first aid." She adds, "This vital education means more self-advocacy for children and young people, in turn helping those immediately in need within their communities."

The course curriculum includes essential skills such as CPR, wound care, water hygiene, and sanitation. Marianna Nomdoe, Health and Care Manager at the SA Red Cross Society Western Cape, explains, "Young learners acquire skills such as CPR, wound care, water hygiene, and sanitation — the skills needed to act effectively as first responders to their peers."

First aid training not only teaches invaluable life skills but also builds confidence, enhances communication skills, and encourages teamwork. It empowers children to act effectively as first responders, providing essential care in emergency situations. Elastoplast's website offers expert advice on wound care and treatment, as well as guidance on essential items to include in a first aid kit.

The partnership between Elastoplast and the SA Red Cross Society Western Cape marks a significant step forward in equipping young people with life-saving skills. By providing first aid training to primary school children, this initiative aims to create a generation of confident, capable first responders who can make a difference in their communities.

Key Takeaways

  • Elastoplast partners with SA Red Cross to provide first aid training to Western Cape primary school children.
  • Training aims to equip 10-13 year olds with life-saving skills, especially in areas with limited adult supervision.
  • Program can reduce preventable deaths and injuries, creating a safer and healthier society.
  • Training covers essential skills like CPR, wound care, and sanitation, building confidence and teamwork.
  • Partnership aims to create a generation of confident, capable first responders in their communities.