Groups of voluntary paramedics are being formed in three Ukrainian cities. First aid training is provided to Ukrainian volunteers by instructors from the Relief Service of the Polish Association of the Order of Malta and advanced equipment was given to Ukraine—all thanks to the financial support from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the “Development of voluntary emergency medical service system in Ukraine” project, which is being implemented under the 2015 Polish Development Assistance Programme.
First aid training run by experienced paramedics from Poland has already started in Ivano-Frankivsk and Lviv. The programme is similar to Polish first aid courses and follows the most recent guidelines of the Polish and European Resuscitation Councils. More than 60 people will be trained in Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv and Kiev. Some of them will also undergo additional leadership training as well as specialist training in first aid performed on pregnant women, babies and people with disabilities.
As part of the project, Ukrainians will not only receive training, but also more than 700 kilograms of advanced training and life-saving equipment, such as professional CPR training manikins and defibrillators, EMS bags, radiotelephones, spinal boards, and complete sets of emergency medical service clothing. Thanks to the equipment, volunteers will be able to bring effective help as part of medical support for various events and assist professional emergency services during accidents, natural disasters and emergencies.
“I believe that the support we gave our friends in Ukraine will come back to us soon. World Youth Day is organised in Krakow in 2016. Three million pilgrims are expected to come from all over the world. In such situations professional medical support is a priority and I am sure that Ukrainian volunteers will be able to help us with that,” said Damian Zadeberny, President of the Management Board of the Relief Service of the Polish Association of the Order of Malta.
Polish and Ukrainian paramedics and volunteers will have their first chance to cooperate in September. Polish-Ukrainian exercises for more than 60 volunteers and paramedics will take place in Ivano-Frankivsk as part of the “Development of voluntary emergency medical service system in Ukraine” project run by the Relief Organizations of the Order of Malta in Poland and Ukraine. The project was launched on 1 March 2015 and will run through October this year.
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