Promoting self-reliance

Belgian Red Cross-Flanders wants as many people as possible to be self-reliant. In 2012, we used first aid to help achieve this, dispensing even more first aid training and diversifying our offer. We produced a number of new first aid publications and made Flanders more heart-safe.
We also took other initiatives to promote self-reliance among the population, both preventively and in the aftermath of disasters and emergencies.
Finally, we continue to offer structural assistance to vulnerable regions around the world in an effort to enhance their long-term self-reliance.  

First aid training

Burns, strains, sun stroke…. They can happen in the blink of an eye, but how should you respond?
Giving first aid is easier than you think. In 2012, we once again took up the challenge of teaching first aid to as many people as possible: the general public, company employees, but also teachers, pupils and sportsmen and women.

For the general public
For companies
For children and young people

For sportsmen and women

First aid publications

First aid begins with scientifically substantiated guidelines and quality training material. In 2012, we launched the new first aid paperback Eerste hulp in 4 stappen (‘First aid in 4 steps’) and produced 13 new publications specifically aimed at children and young people. We also helped to disseminate African First Aid Materials, a teaching package for first aid courses in Africa, putting our first aid expertise to use at an international level.

First aid in 4 steps
New first aid publications for children and young people
African First Aid Materials (AFAM)


The aim of our ‘Heart-safe’ project is to increase the chances of survival of cardiac arrest victims. In Belgium, around 30 people every day suffer a heart attack outside hospital. Rapid resuscitation
using an automated external defibrillator (AED) significantly increases their chance of survival. That is why in 2012 we continued to encourage as many municipalities, cities, companies and schools as possible to install an AED and undergo training in resuscitation and defibrillation. We also made an extra effort to promote the Heart-safe project at sports clubs and other (sociocultural) organizations.  

Resuscitation and defibrillation training
Heart-safe Flanders

New initiatives

First aid training is not the only way we seek to enhance people’s self-reliance. We also empower the population by giving out information, both preventatively and in the aftermath of disasters and emergencies. By focusing consistently on victims and bystanders in our aid efforts, we aim to help get them fully back on their feet after a traumatic incident. Our revised training in psychosocial support strengthens the resilience of both victims and volunteers, helping them come to terms with the traumatic event.

Self-reliance advice for the public
Coaching and informing victims
Psychosocial first aid by volunteers

Structural assistance worldwide

The aim of structural assistance is to make a country or region less vulnerable. In partnership with Red Cross Societies in the South, we provide long-term structural assistance to improve general living conditions. We focus on three forms of assistance: basic healthcare, first aid and capacity building. In 2012, we continued to work on our existing development projects.

Structural projects
The pillars of our structural projects
Branches and regions support too