The Handing Over Ceremony for the Project for Strengthening First-Aid and Disaster Response Service for the Praslin Community

The official handing over ceremony for “The Project for Strengthening First-Aid and Disaster Response Services for the Praslin Community” was held at Fire Station in Praslin on 6th of November, 2019.

With the objective of improving the responses for emergency cases and disaster management, and providing trainings in first-aid skills for Praslin Community, the project provided an equipped ambulance by a grant amounting to USD 75,553 (SCR 979,700).

People in Praslin has been damaged and forced to evacuate from their homes due to tsunami caused by Sumatra earthquake in 2004, cyclone in 2013 and other natural disasters. However, only two ambulances were available for providing first-aid and response services within the island. Red Cross only owned one old ambulance which often faced problems. They therefore failed to respond to the requests because of frequent break downs and could also not provide the appropriate first-aid without modern medical equipment in the ambulance.

During the handing over ceremony, H.E. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary HORIE Ryoichi congratulated Red Cross Society of Seychelles and the representative from the Community in Praslin for the successful completion of the project and expect them to utilize the ambulance effectively to respond to accidents and disasters.

The Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) launched in Seychelles in 2015 and this is the second project. There are 3 projects granted so far in the sectors of environment, health and education respectively.

Group photo in front of the donated ambulance
The Ambassador hands over the ambulance key to Mr. Tamatave,
President of Red Cross Society of Seychelles