A trainer instructing the participants during the theory session of search and rescue training

Accidents and serious injuries are a common occurrence in Kushma Gurung’s village in Lamjung, Nepal but often there is no one equipped to provide first aid. Kushma is one of twenty-four young people who have recently completed first aid training organised by INF’s Disaster Response and Resilience Department.

“If someone gets injured in our village nobody knows how to properly help,” says Kushma. “It’s especially difficult seeing children, pregnant women and the elderly in need.”

INF’s workshops included four days of Basic First Aid training run by the Nepal Red Cross Society and three days of Light Search and Rescue training. Ten men and fourteen women participated in the workshops aimed at building disaster resilient communities in a country that frequently experiences natural disasters. The aim is to train up volunteer groups that can mobilise quickly in the event of a disaster and who can share their knowledge and skills with others in the community.

Twenty-one year old Ramesh BK is also from a community in Lamjung, two hours from the nearest Health Post. He took part in the training workshops and is thankful for the skills they have equipped him with. He reflected on a number of occasions where friends have had serious falls while cutting grass and fractured a limb. He often felt helpless knowing medical help was several hours away and no one in his village knew first aid.

Ramesh is now keen to share what he has learnt with family members and to assist others in his community.

Participants involved in choking practical session

CPR practical
Photo: Karna Gurung, DRR Coordinator, INF Nepal

Participants of the training involved in bandaging practical session

Bandaging practical

Four participants lifting the injured patient in a locally made stretcher

Lifting and transportation of injured people

Participants involving in fire control practical in a U shaped formation

Fire control practical session

Participants involving in light search and rescue practical session

Rescue Practical

A participant wearing a locally made life jacket during the practical session of search and rescue training

Practical session of using a locally made life jacket

Participants of the light search and rescue training involving in death body management during the practical session

Death body management practical

Group photo session of participants and the trainer

Group photo session