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International Road Federation – Enhanced First Aid for Drivers

Safer Roads, 2017

The Global Plan for The Decade of Action asks for an increase in responsiveness to post-crash emergencies and for an improvement in the ability of health and for other systems to provide appropriate emergency treatment and longer term rehabilitation for crash victims.

In India response times of ambulances to accident sites are unpredictable. IRF has undertaken to strengthen Pre-hospital trauma care in India by developing competent and confident First Responders to intervene during the golden hour and increase survival rate of road accident victims.

With funding assistance from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Govt of India, IRF ran a programme where 12,000 drivers of commercial vehicles were trained, which was validated by third party WHO trainees.

Also a basic first aid certification course of one day was taught to commercial drivers, bystanders and volunteers.