IDEP Foundation

First Aid to Our Resilience

Community resilience effort is really important, in terms of physiology, social, economy, as well as ecology. Same with anticipation of disasters itself. So in March 2021, IDEP Foundation and Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI) were trying to develop the capacity of strengthening Disaster Management Community Groups (KMPB) in Central Sulawesi. This preparedness effort was implemented by giving some training about the technique of first aid and victim evacuation.

First aid simulation in Jono Oge, on March 6, 2021 (Photo: @pemain_belakangsekali)

Good anticipation, because community could get the basic information to make them more alert to face the disasters. Especially this training uses a community-based approach so could well be implemented. Some of the materials are for improve the participant’s knowledge about the technique of first aid and victims evacuation, such as definitions about first aid and how to resolve hemorrhage, shock, and muscle injury.

This training invites the participant to practice directly to make them more understand about preparedness efforts. Those practices are simulations in doing first aid and evacuation for disaster or driving accident victims.

Training Implementation in Each Village

Training with direct practice needs the right space. Moreover, to anticipate spread of the Covid-19. Besides following the health protocols, this training is also held in an open place. Villages that include in this training are Amal, Kumbasa, Sumari, Jono Oge, Saloya, and Taripa. These villages provide village hall and park for this training.

Sharing session in the training of first aid victims evacuation technique in Jono Oge, on March 6, 2021

Most of the villages in Donggala District have their KMPB. It starts in Jono Oge village, there are 17 participants who join this training, and most of them are female. This training was held in Tanam Jati Langaleso. Firstly, there are sharing sessions about types of injury and first aid.

First aid simulation in Kumbasa, on March 12, 2021 (Photo: @pemain_belakangsekali)

Then, on March 12, 2021, training was held in Kumbasa village with 25 participants. The first session is about first aid processes that can be used in disasters or driving accidents.

First aid simulation in Sumari, on March 13, 2021 (Photo: @pemain_belakangsekali)

The technique of first aid and victim’s evacuation training evidently attract community interest, especially mothers in local villages. Like in Sumari village, most of the participants are dominated by females.

Same with other villages, this training started with sharing materials about first aid and evacuation techniques. After that, a simulation was held.

Victim evacuation simulation in Taripa, on March 13, 2021 (Photo: @pemain_belakangsekali)

At the same time, on March 13, 2021, this training held in Balai Desa Taripa. This first aid and victims evacuation training attended by 24 participants.

Victim evacuation simulation in Amal, on March 14, 2021 (Photo: @pemain_belakangsekali)

These discussion and practice sessions that lasted more than 7 hours were held in Amal village. A total of 22 participants as a KMPB representative include in this training. Because they want to know the first steps to resolve disaster or driving accidents.

Victim evacuation simulation in Saloyo, on March 14, 2021 (Photo: @pemain_belakangsekali)

Then, similar training also held in Saloya village at the same time with training in Amal village. This training was held on March 14, 2021, with 26 participants. Same with other training, this activity starts with sharing sessions, then continues with simulation about first aid and evacuation technique.

Towards Community Resilience

Even though this training attended by more than 20 participants, these activities were running smoothly. The enthusiasm and seriousness of participants were seen by participant’s participation in every session. This participation shows that all of the participants understand the importance of this training to protect themself and the community around them.

Those knowledge need to disseminate, especially to achieve community resilience. Therefore, this training will be sustainable, because KMPB in each village will continue this program. The goal is to share the knowledge to the local community, so it will strengthen community resilience. (Gd)