Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Regional Cooperation head in Honiara

The head of the Pacific regional Cooperation delegation from Suva office, Mr. Micahel Oeke is with the Solomon Islands Red Cross for a three-days visit to sign a cooperation agreement with the local Red Cross Secretary General (Ms Nancy Jolo).

According to Ms Jolo the Cooperation agreement covers the supports towards the SI Red Cross Law and Fundamental Principles Dissemination (LFP) and the Family Visits Program for relatives of the detainees. Besides, it is an opportunity to discuss some financial and activity matters concerning the LFP and Family Visits by Mr. Oeke with the respective program officers. He is expected to leave the country by Friday this week to Suva.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) supports those two programs under the Pacific Regional Cooperation with the Pacific Red Cross Societies.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Australian dummies for SI Red Cross

Solomon Islands Red Cross (SIRC) has received twelve resuscitation manikins courtesy of Triathlon Solomon Islands (Tri SI) and the Australian High Commission.

The manikins were funded under an Australian Sports Outreach Program grant, for use in the Tri SI Children's Swimming Program.

In 2008, SIRC provided resuscitation training for 30 Tri SI athletes, teaching them basic first aid techniques as part of a series of Saturday morning swimming and first aid lessons. The athletes learnt to check for danger; practised EAR and CPR resuscitation on adult, child and baby manikins and learnt how to treat cuts and burns.

Tri SI President, Maxon Ala, in handing over the manikins today said the training had been a vital part of the development of triathlon in Solomon Islands, particularly as the triathletes are involved in conducting swimming classes for school children.

He stressed that having basic life support skills is an important life skill and applicable in any emergency, which would not have been possible without the generous support of the Australian High Commission.

The handover of manikins for future first aid training at the SIRC office in New Chinatown coincides with the first day of a week long training course for twelve community based representatives, who will spend this week developing skills to enable them to teach basic first aid in their own communities.

SIRC Deputy Secretary General, Lorimo Tuke, thanked Tri SI and the Australian High Commission for providing valuable resources to support this essential training.

He said the manikins would enable the Red Cross to expand its first aid training program, providing communities with important skills that could one day save a life.

Source: Solomon Times online

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

SIRC Volunteers provided first aid during Ranadi fire today

About five young SI Red Cross volunteers trained in First Aid have assisted the fire fighters to control the crowd and search for casaulties of the Ranadi fire which occured this afternoon.

According a volunteer on the ground with the fire operation his team helped to control the crowd from going closer to the burned shops.

"Many from the crowd who watched moved into shops. But the risk of anyone had accident was also inevitable. So we assisted the Police and fire fighters to ensure our people were not felt victims to the fire", he said.

According to the team's finding no one was injured in the fire.