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First Aid Courses

First aid skills should be accessible to everybody with respect for diversity and without exclusion.

First aid training teaches people about the dangers and causes of home accidents and what to do in case of an injury. One of the easiest ways to prepare to save a life is to get trained in first aid

To help increase First Aid knowledge in Fiji, encourage your family, friends, workmates and education institutions to sign up for Fiji Red Cross First Aid Course.

Be prepared and book into Fiji Red Cross First Aid course, or refresher course.

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International Humanitarian Law

What is International Humanitarian Law?

International humanitarian law is a set of rules which seek, for humanitarian reasons, to limit the
effects of armed conflict. It protects persons who are not or are no longer participating in the hostilities and restricts the means and methods of warfare. International humanitarian law is also known as the law of war or the law of armed conflict.

International humanitarian law is part of international law, which is the body of rules governing relations between States. International law is contained in agreements between States – treaties or conventions –, in customary rules, which consist of State practice considered by them as legally binding, and in general principles. International humanitarian law applies to armed conflicts. It does not regulate whether a State may actually use force; this is governed by an important, but distinct, part of international law set out in the United Nations Charter.

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Red Cross Movement

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

The Fiji Red Cross Society is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Recognized as the world’s largest humanitarian network, the movement endeavors to prevent and alleviate human suffering particularly during times of disaster and conflicts.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is made up of three parts;

  • International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC)
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. There are 191 National   Societies around the world, including the Fiji Red Cross Society

 

The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC)

The International Committee of Red Cross is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusive humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of wars and internal violence and to provide them with assistance. It directs and coordinates the international relief activities conducted by the Movement in situations of conflict.

The ICRC also endeavors to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles. Established in 1863, the ICRC is at the origin of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is a global humanitarian organization which coordinates and directs international assistance following natural and man man-made disasters in non- conflict situations. Its mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity.

The IFRC works with the National Societies in responding to disasters around the world. Its relief operations are combined with development work, including disaster preparedness programmes, health and care activities and the promotion of humanitarian values.

The IFRC promotes cooperation between National Societies and works to strengthen their capacity to carry out effective disaster preparedness, health and social programmes.

National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

 Most countries around the world have a National Society or Red Crescent Society. Each Society is made up of individuals from their local community. National Societies have a responsibility to help vulnerable people within their own boarders, particularly in times of disaster and to strengthen international humanitarian law and principles.

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Junior Red Cross

The Junior Red Cross was established in 1922 with the aim of encouraging younger generations to develop their humanitarian spirit by understanding the Red Cross principles and ideas, and by participating actively in the Movement.

The idea behind the Junior Red Cross is to enable the country’s youth, so that they may one day contribute, in their own way, to the establishment of world peace and the welfare of mankind.

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