Health & Care

Enhance the PRCS Health & Care activities to contribute to reducing the mortality, morbidity, injuries and psychological and physical impacts from diseases, disasters and public health emergencies.

Background:

The Health Department of Pakistan Red Crescent Society was established as early as the establishment of PRCS. Presently PRCS Health Department is running 104 health centres. Most of these Health Centres (69) are supported by the PRCS Provincial Branches. The remaining 35 Health Centres are supported by NHQ, through funding received from Movement Partners.

PRCS is seen as a pioneer and a leader in transfusion medicine and research, the PRCS has provided generations of Pakistanis with blood products that are safe and reliable. PRCS also has extensive Ambulance Services and First Aid Services.

PRCS has also been developing longer term programming such as HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness program and Community Base Health and First Aid. PRCS also conducts regular Health awareness trainings on various issues of public health priority.

In addition to the above-mentioned programs the PRCS Health Department has developed its capacity to respond effectively to the health emergencies at the national level. Since the 2005 Earthquake operation the PRCS health team has built up the emergency health stocks and has developed its capacity to effectively respond to emergency situations e.g. natural disasters, man-made disasters, disease outbreaks etc. The PRCS health capacity related to emergency response includes the establishment of basic health ERUs, field hospital, health service provision in camp settings and off-camp settings, improved WATSAN capacity in camp & off-camp settings. Indeed PRCS has had significant experience in water and sanitation interventions of the past 5 years.

PRCS Health and Care Strategy 2011 -2015 describes the three situational settings for PRCS health interventions; emergency health situations, peace time/normal circumstances, and disaster situations. Additionally

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Promotion

The aim of the PRCS WatSan program is to reduce the transmission of faeco-oral diseases and        exposure to disease by vectors through 1) the promotion of good hygiene practices, 2) the provision of safe drinking water, and 3) the reduction of environmental health risks. In this regard the PRCS water and sanitation programme is an integrated approach made up of the three components – hygiene promotion, sanitation and water supply.  PRCS to utilise the experience and expertise gained in recent years by developing longer term programming in areas of high vulnerability, focusing within 20 most vulnerable districts according to PRCS mapping.

Key Directions:

  • Saving lives and strengthening recovery from disasters and epidemic through emergency water and sanitation intervention.
  • Enable healthy and safe living through sustainable developmental water, sanitation and hygiene promotion
  • PRCS water and sanitation team to strive to integrate their activities with other aspects of the health department to increase effectiveness on the ground both in disaster response activities and longer-term development work.
  • Building the capacity of the organisation by training of staff in WSDRT, PHAST, and training of key leaders in RDRT, ERU trainings, the preposition of water and sanitation equipment and stocks in priority areas, and the development of key policies and manuals to ensure quality and consistency of activities.

First Aid Program

First Aid Program is the flagship program of RC/RC Movement and First Aid Trainings are the strength of Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC). PRC has changed its strategic direction to increase its outreach. Initially the Program was running in NHQ and 7 x Provincial Branches, providing regular first aid trainings through it’s volunteers all over Pakistan. Keeping in view the increased number of RTAs, bomb blasts, floods and earthquakes, PRC decided to take up the momentous goal of training a “First Aider in every home” The program will now be implemented in 152 districts of Pakistan, through District First Aid Trainer in each district. The target audience for this program will be educational institution (schools, colleges and universities). Pakistan produces about 445,000 university graduates and 10,000 computer science graduates annually. A number of institutions of higher learning are active in the country, and keeping in view the Pakistan’s Context, these are the influential driving forces behind every concept. PRC First Aid Program will target these to run its First Aid Trainings for their communities who in turn will make this a part of their curriculum and train every student the F.A skills. Universities not only spread knowledge, they also spread in the society, to the families and extended families.

PRC commits to provide standardized quality first aid trainings in line with RC/RC movement standards. PRC adheres to achieve its goal & “a first aider in every home”

Currently the goal is to hire 90 District First Aid Trainers plus a pool of F.A trained volunteers who are conducting 5 x Basic First Aid Trainings each month for identified colleges, schools and universities.

The District FA Trainer will be responsible not only for the training but also for daily reporting, maintaining data base at the district level and onward submission to Provincial FA Coordinators, who in turn will report to NHQ. This will be achieved by giving all the DFATs a dashboard reporting application on android phones. The DFATs will enter their reports and participants attendance sheets on their phones, which will be visible to the FA Coordinators at PHQs and the FA Team at NHQ.

Result I: The target number of schools, colleges and universities have increased knowledge and awareness about First Aid.

Result II: The knowledge and skills regarding First Aid of university students has increased and they can perform these skills independently if and when required.

Result III: Each District has its own Emergency Response Team who is fully equipped and is ready to respond in case of any emergency.

First Aid Training Courses (For Organizations & Institutes)

Sr # Course Duration Course Fee (in PKR) Recommended number
of Participants per Batch
1 First Aid Orientation 5 Hours
( 1day)
1500 per participant 50 and Above
2 Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) 5 Hours
( 1day)
3000 per participant 20-25
3 Junior First Aid 5 Hours
( 1day)
3000 per participant 25-30
4 Emergency First Aid without CPR 10 Hours
( 2 days)
6000 per participant 25-30
5 Emergency First Aid with CPR 15 Hours
(3 days)
8000 per participant 25-30
6 Emergency First Aid with CPR and AED 15 Hours
(3 days)
10000 per participant 25-30
7 Training of Trainers 30 Hours
(6 days)
20,000 per participant 15-20

Health Care in Danger

Violence against healthcare workers, facilities and patients is one of the most serious and under-recognized and wide spreading humanitarian challenge affecting individuals, families and communities. In recent years, the frequency and severity of attacks on healthcare workers, patients, hospitals and clinics globally have increased. Health care workers in public sector hospital setting in Pakistan are frequently exposed to aggression and violence & it is associated with many adverse consequences including high level of stress. Appropriate preventive measures including occupational support are required to make hospitals safer environment. The impacts of violence are immense, ranging from resulting in injury, psychological harm to human toll.

Health Care in Danger is an initiative of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to make access to and delivery of health care safer in armed conflict or other emergencies. It focuses on the problems caused by attacks, illegal obstruction, discrimination and armed entry and the consequences these have on the wounded and sick, for health structures, for the health personnel and for medical transport.

The Health Care in Danger Project – PRC is conducting a baseline survey to build better contextual understanding of dynamics of violence against health care professionals and ambulance services in selected districts of Punjab province. The main project priorities for the year 2016 are to bring behavioral change among health care professionals and risk groups to enhance resilience and decrease vulnerability towards violence, raise dignity and positive image of Health Care Professionals and respect for the ambulance services / associated professionals among general public.

Besides, the HCiD project will also extend its support to other PRC program staff in ensuring safety, security, acceptance and perception of general masses for the staff and services of PRC for developing resilient communities at large.

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