Addressing Exclusion through First Aid – World First Aid Day 2019

Posted on Saturday, September 14th, 2019

14th September/Colombo – 2nd Saturday of September, is World First Aid Day, an annual global campaign to promote the importance of first aid training in preventing injuries and saving lives.

“First Aid and Excluded People” has been selected as the theme of this year’s World First Aid Day to address exclusion through first aid. The theme is meant to promote the participation and inclusion of the marginalized, neglected or excluded groups.

Going in-line with the global theme, Sri Lanka Red Cross Society has also dedicated this year’s WFAD to educate and provide first aid knowledge for the differently-abled people.

First Aid is becoming more and more essential to the day-to-day lives of human beings.

Meanwhile, several activities across Sri Lanka were organized by our branches in order to raise awareness on World First Aid Day.

The main event was held at the School for the Deaf in Ratmalana today. The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society organized a Basic First Aid Training for Teachers and parents of the Deaf School as well as a Psychological First Aid Workshop for students at the School.


President of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society Jagath Abeysinghe, Secretary of the Sri Lanka Central Federation of the Deaf – Anil Jayawardene, Chairman-Health Policy Committee and the Vice President of the SLRCS-Barata Jonikkuhewa, SLRCS Head of Programmes- Pramudith Rupasinghe, Operation Manager – IFRC Sri Lanka-Gerhard Tauscher, Assistant Manager-Health (SLRCS) Minoli Malka and many Red Cross officials attended the event.

Sri Lanka Red Cross is one of the island’s leading first aid trainers and providers. If anyone is interested they can learn first aid by visiting this page –