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CCES and partners host CFAR Training for IDPs in Zamboanga

CCES and partners host CFAR Training for IDPs in Zamboanga

In support of the University’s post-siege rehabilitation efforts, the Ateneo de Zamboanga University Center for Community Extension Services (CCES) conducted a 3-day training program for the Internally Displaced People. It was held on June 18-20, 2014 at the JMR Function Hall, Fr. Eusebio Salvador Campus.

The CFAR Training Program aimed to enhance the IDPs’ knowledge and skills on first aid and common diseases including recognizing early symptoms and their management. In addition it also hoped to organize first aid responder teams for each transitory site so that health emergencies are addressed even in the absence of professional health care providers.

The program was crafted by the following group of socially accountable organizations who served as CCES’ partners: Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC), Integrated Resources Development for Tri-People (IRDT), Health Emergency Management Staff (HEMS) of the Department of Health (DOH), Gets Pharma, and Ateneo de Zamboanga University thru the CCES office. The participating communities are the IDPs from Tulungatung, Taluksangay, Mampang, Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc. (PTSI), and Joaquin F. Memorial Sports Complex-Grandstand Transitory Sites.

Each site sent 10 representatives for the three-day training. The program consisted of discussions, skills demonstrations, and return demonstrations. On the last day of the training, a mini-rescue Olympic was held among transitory sites where the groups competed with one another in a friendly match that tested their knowledge and skills on first aid. They were provided with emergency scenarios which allowed them to apply the skills they have learned over the last three days. The group from the PTSI Transitory Site scored the highest and was declared champion of the Olympic.

The teams were also given emergency health kits on the last day of the training. Following the training, the certified first aid responders are expected to conduct roll out sessions for a month to each zone of their respective sites.