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    One step toward a healthier and safer community

    Day 282

    First Things First

    Hello hello! I’m Shaukat from the Alight Pakistan team. And I’m here to tell you about a need that actually has a very doable solution – helping teachers learn the ABCs of first aid.

    In many of the non-formal schools where we work in Islamabad, children and their families face many health hazards – but there’s not a whole lot of access to healthcare.

    Their teachers often get frustrated that they can’t help their students in even the smallest injuries. So even though we knew we couldn’t solve the entire picture of the healthcare system in these communities, we could take a first step to equip teachers with the tools they need to help.

    We gave a one day first aid training to Ms. Kiran, in teacher in one of our non-formal schools, along with a group of her colleagues. Customizing the content to fit the needs of these particular teachers, the trainers gave them the knowledge and skills they required most. We also handed over first aid kits with all the tools they need to intervene.

    For the teachers, the practical exercises were the most exciting part of the training – they learned many critical skills, feeling like they’re able to help make a difference in future health emergencies at their schools.

    After the training, the teachers felt more confident than ever before. “I feel very confident now,” said Ms. Kiran, “I am ready to tackle any situation.”


    Meet Shaukat!Shaukat Iqbal is a development professional with over 13 years’ development and humanitarian experience. Shaukat is passionate to articulate his human experience to bring to light stories that are relatable yet unheard of. He believes the uniqueness of everyone’s is the real perspective of their lives.



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