Belize has welcomed Bandage International, a Canadian-based charity that devotes itself to improving health care in developing countries. Â Having come to Belize on 20 separate occasions since it was set up in 2005, Bandage International has returned to help train local people in first aid and improve the effectiveness of medical emergency responses.
Bandage International was set up eight years ago in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with the group of nurses, doctors and paramedics creating an organization that seeks to implement and improve better standards of emergency medical care across the world. Â Traveling to all manner of nations, the organization trains local medical professionals, including nurses and doctors, and also supports the personal development of disaster response teams, paramedics and laypersons to ensure that more lives can be saved in the field.
This year, a group of four medical professionals arrived in Belize, traveling through San Ignacio Town, Cayo District, La Loma Luz Hospital in Santa Elena Town, Punta Gorda Town and Ambergris Caye to train local health experts and improve medical standards. Â Those living in Belize have been able to benefit from the teamÂs CPR training methods, and have learned how to utilize Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) properly. Â In addition, the team of four practitioners taught locals how to respond correctly to strokes, seizures, heart attacks, asthma attacks and water emergencies.
On November 6th and 7th, the Bandage International team arrived in Ambergris Caye and, with the help of the Belize Red Cross, held a two-day First Aid Training event in the local El Divino Restaurant.Â Twenty-eight people paid the $50 charge to attend the training and become certified First Aiders. Â In addition, several volunteers from the San Pedro Red Cross also attended. Â Before they left, International Bandage also presented Maya Island Air with an AED on November 9th. Â The portable device is designed to check heart rhythms and send an electrical shock to ensure that an individualÂs heart is operating normally. Â This can be essential at the scene of an incident where it is necessary to restore someoneÂs life.
Local residents are extremely thankful for Bandage InternationalÂs return and the service they provide. Â With more people certified in First Aid, in addition to the areaÂs new AED, itÂs hoped that emergency healthcare treatment will be better than ever before.