CARE and Techo carried out first aid trainings in Joyabaj, Quiché, and Salamá, Baja Verapaz, with the aim of providing tools and knowledge to communities to act quickly and effectively in emergency situations.
As part of the activities of the project “Communities prepared for disaster response in vulnerable areas of Guatemala”, CARE and Techo provided a first aid training in the township of Joyabaj, Quiché. During the workshop, the participants learned how to evaluate the scene and activate the emergency system, as well as techniques for primary evaluation (checking the air track, breathing and circulation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation -CPR-, and Heimlich maneuvers for choking) and a secondary check-up (bleeding control, hydration of burns, immobilization of injuries, placement of bandages and tourniquets).
Similarly, in the township of Salamá, Baja Verapaz, ten representatives of COLRED also received trainings on first aid, primary evaluation, and secondary check-ups. During the workshop, the participants acquired knowledge and learned appropriate techniques to avoid complications and save lives in emergency situations, including cases of choking and cardiopulmonary arrest. The workshop was attended by personnel from the municipality’s risk management unit.