12 September 2014

Providing First Aid is not simply a matter of stopping bleeding, bandaging a wound or taking an injured person to hospital. It also involves taking someone's hand, reassuring the frightened, giving a bit of one's self. In armed conflicts and other situations of violence, first responders and First Aiders face many dangers, including stray bullets, shrapnel and collapsing buildings, but also threats and overstress. They bravely help the wounded when the most natural reflex would be to flee.

On the occasion of World First Aid Day in 2014, 13 September, we show a few examples of First Aid activities carried out by Red Cross Red Crescent staff and volunteers around the world.


Emergencies can strike anytime, anywhere and affect anyone. In emergencies, 90% of lives are saved by people like you. You can be a hero by learning and providing first aid when the time comes and ensuring first aid training is accessible to all. Together, we can prepare heroes around the world. Be a hero. Save lives! Learn more on first aid by watching a short animated movie on our partner website, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

See also:

Syria: SARC first responders need to be respected

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