Author: Ika Mudzar

How I became a First Aid volunteer in the Philippine Red Cross: Kamal A. Gunawardana’s story

Before moving to the Philippines in 2000 after marrying my beautiful wife, a pharmacist, I was working in the telecommunication industry back in my homeland in Sri Lanka. My wife decided to open up a small pharmacy in front of our house and one morning, while I was looking after the store, drinking tea, I saw a man walk by the store window, wearing the distinct red uniform of the Red Cross emergency response unit.

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First Aid: All about the attitude

Ling Kwok found first aid really useful when her daughter was bleeding seriously after an accident. Ling, a Hong Kong Red Cross volunteer, was able to stay calm, stop the wound from bleeding, and monitor her daughter’s condition until the paramedics arrived.

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Mobile medical teams reach trapped flood survivors

Fatema Begum is all smiles after receiving medicine and advice on treating her sick baby, but before today it was a different story. “We were living in a very horrible situation and suffering with no one to look after us,” the mother of four says. “Until now no one has come to help us.”

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About the IFRC

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian network and is guided by seven Fundamental Principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, universality and unity.