First-aid and trauma care training
In addition to active participation in healthcare, Myanmar Doctors for Human Rights Network have been giving first-aid training to the frontline protesters, activists, volunteers and the general public since the beginning of the coup, with the aim of reducing preventable deaths had the wounded protesters received proper life-saving first-aid in time.
To this end, MDHRN have conducted on-ground and online first-aid training programs. The network has given first-aid training to 217 participants in Yangon region and another 200 all over Myanmar. Moreover, the network has been providing the on-ground trainees and the volunteers in conflict zones with first-aid kits after these in-person training sessions.
Moreover, MDHRN has also been running online basic first-aid training courses with the aim of supplementing the on-ground activities of the network, and to gain further reach to all corners of Myanmar where the team members could not give in-person training under the theme of “Everyone can save lives”. Though not possible to completely replace the in-person training with a short online course, this short course is designed so that non-medical persons could understand the general principles of first-aid and contribute towards potentially saving the life of another person.
Along with the basic first-aid courses, MDHRN has also been holding sessions of Primary Trauma Care (PTC) and Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC). This 12 hour session covering 6 different topics is primarily aimed at more experienced healthcare professionals, dealing with gravely wounded frontline protesters.
These online courses are announced on the Facebook page of the network for greater visibility so that internet users in Myanmar could see the announcement. We have provided online first-aid short courses to nearly 2,000 unique participants since the beginning of the program in May and our PTC&TCCC courses to many doctors in lower Myanmar.