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Sanid volunteers in first humanitarian mission in Pakistan

posted on 26/09/2010: 902 views

The first group of volunteers of the National Emergency Response Programme (Sanid), a social voluntary initiative launched the Emirates Foundation (EF), is partnering with the UAE Red Crescent Authority team to undertake field humanitarian missions in floods-swept Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa in Pakistan.

The Sanid volunteers engaged with the RCA mobile medical team to implement a curative and preventive health programme. The group is the first social volunteering taskforce to be assigned with such a mission under the RCA-sponsored Pakistan fund-raising campaign which was launched as per directives of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Sanid volunteers will conduct field surveys of flood-stricken regions to assess urgent health assistance and services in order to deliver them to the affected population living in camps.

Sanid officials said the engagement of the young social workers in humanitarian field operations in Pakistan would enable them build their capacities.

The RCA's vaccination programme is progressing with almost 100,000 women and children given shots against communicable, water-borne diseases.

Launched in January 2010 through a partnership between Takatof, Emirates Foundation's social volunteering organisation and the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA), Sanid is an emergency response programme that enables volunteers to assist local and national authorities in the event of a crisis or emergency situation, such as earthquakes, floods or industrial accidents.

UAE citizens and residents are provided with the practical skills and knowledge needed to save lives and contribute to the safety of others. Sanid offers a two-level training programme that enables volunteers to respond effectively to crisis situations - either as individuals, or as members of a local team of the Emergency Volunteer Readiness Corps. Furthermore, Sanid volunteers learn how to help their family or friends in case of an accident or a medical emergency, such as a stroke or heart attack. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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