World First Aid Day

Would you know what to do?

If there is a road crash, you could be the first player on the scene.
Even in places where emergency services are highly equipped and responsive, the average response time for ambulances is 10 minutes.


Learning first aid is quick, fun and could be the difference between life and death for a loved one, or a stranger. First aid courses typically take between 3 to 6 hours – a one day investment that could save lives.

Road crashes – Facts and figures

Road traffic injuries claim more than 1.34 million lives each year and have a huge impact on health and development.

Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among young people aged between 15 and 29 years.

One of the most common causes of death for road crash casualties is anoxia, a lack of oxygen supply caused by a blocked airway.

Low and middle-income countries are affected the worst, with double the fatality rates of high-income countries and 90% of global road traffic deaths.

Road traffic crashes rank as the 9th leading cause of death and account for 2.2% of all deaths globally, and are predicted to become the seventh leading cause of death by 2030.

Road crashes cost low and middle-income countries USD $65 billion annually, exceeding the total amount received in developmental assistance.

The Global Road Safety Partnership, a hosted programme of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, brings together the multiple voices, experiences and resources of the private sector, public sector and civil society to reduce road traffic injuries and deaths in low- and middle- income countries.

World First Aid Day Toolkit

In celebration of World First Aid Day 2018, the IFRC has made available a toolkit consisting of posters, an interactive quiz and learning material on first aid in response to a road crash, in order to aid National Societies in their activities to mark the day. This year’s theme is First Response to Road Crashes.

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