At the launching ceremony (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) Central Committee and Prudential Vietnam launched a project on improving first aid response capacity at schools and in the community in Hanoi on November 22.

The project will be carried out from November 2018 to June 2019 at primary schools in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, which see the highest rates of traffic accidents and accidental injuries nationwide.

With a total funding of over 1.8 billion VND (77,400 USD), the project will provide first aid training for more than 10,000 teachers and students in the two cities, while organising communication activities to raise public awareness of the significance of emergency response.

It will also deliver documents and first aid equipment to the schools, and study knowledge, attitude and practice of emergency before and after the implementation of the project.

Vice President of the VRC Central Committee Tran Quoc Hung said since 1992, the organisation has deployed community-based emergency response activities in 63 cities and provinces nationwide.

Statistics show that the rate of accidents occurring among children in Vietnam is about eight times higher than that in developed countries, with fatalities most commonly caused by traffic accidents and drowning.-VNA