On Friday, September 9, 2016, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco, as the Goodwill Ambassador for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, attended the launch of World First Aid Day in Geneva, Switzerland.
Held under the theme, First Aid for and by Children, today’s event aims to teach “…children everywhere to be trained in first aid, and is urging Governments and Ministries of Education to make first aid a mandatory part of school curriculums…” according to a press release.
In statement in regards to World First Aid Day, Princess Charlene noted:
“Children are particularly susceptible to accidents in their daily lives and are especially at risk during major emergencies, like natural disasters, conflicts and epidemics. Empowering young people as first aid providers will not just save lives. It will prepare them for a future in which they can be an active and responsible citizen in their local communities. An estimated one million children die every year from treatable injuries and millions more are hospitalized as a result of accidents like drowning, automobile crashes, falls and burns. Children are capable of saving the lives of themselves and others around them if they are equipped with first aid training.”
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