The coordinators of the project “Let’s Hold on to Life Together” made important statements about the details of the project and the meeting held in France.
‘Let’s live together’ (Let’s Hold on to Life Together) project is supported and implemented within the scope of European Union Erasmus + Program Vocational Education Strategic Partnership (KA202), said Eskişehir Provincial AFAD Director Recep Bayer. The project, which was developed in partnership with organizations from Turkey, Spain, France and Latvia, has become one of 30 grant-winning projects out of 239 project proposals submitted in 2020. He said.
Bayer said the project aims to accommodate all long-term dependent patients, especially those with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) bedding, their living spaces and continue their vital functions, relying on medical devices, safe against disasters and emergency risks, and To determine. Post-eviction shelter needed. “One of the main objectives of the project is to teach these patients the proper response and evacuation procedures for AFAD personnel who will be the first to respond to disasters and emergencies (earthquakes, fires and floods).” Says
It was the world’s first project for bed-attached patients
This is one of the first projects implemented worldwide for people who are bedridden and relying on medical devices to carry out their important tasks. Gurkan Bozan believes that the project is a member of Eskişehir AFAD, Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Association for Combating SMA Disease, Pompiers de l’Urgence Internationale (PUI), Asociacion de Investigacion de la Industria del Juguete (AIJU) and Latvian University. The disability organization (SUSTENTO) stated that it was operated in partnership.
Natural disasters; Recalling that this is a situation that causes physical, economic and social harm and makes the normal life of society and the individual difficult, Bojan said. “SMA type-1 is a disease that is medically difficult. When these two challenges come together, families face even greater uncertainty. “ He said.
For children with SMAs in natural disasters we say “live together”
Ece Soyer Demir underlined that families are very concerned about how to evacuate children with SMAs in natural disasters such as earthquakes. “After the patient is removed, ‘Will it be time for me to go back and get the medical device, if I can get it, how can I meet the demand for electricity, what will I do if my patient or medical devices are damaged, where will we be? What if the buildings are vacated? ‘ Many questions arise in their minds. To answer this question, we have implemented the ‘Let’s Hold on to Life’ project. “ Made a statement.
Demi shared the scope of this project:
- Disaster and emergency hazards in the residences of people connected to medical devices,
- Shelter requirements in temporary shelter areas or facilities created after disasters and emergencies,
- These individuals will be studied for intervention and evacuation of first responders working in disasters and emergencies and the medical devices they use.
Ece Soyer Demir said that as a result of the project, they plan to create a “distance education portal” that includes training videos, animations and digital books for people relying on medical devices, as well as training materials created with the method. Such as animation and 3D for disaster and emergency response personnel. Continued: The second training and collaboration meeting was held in Limoges, France as part of the “Let’s Hold on to Life” project as a training meeting for project staff. The meeting was hosted by the project partner PUI (France) and Eskişehir AFAD and other project partners participated as project coordinators. In addition to evaluating the outcome of the project, the 5-day meeting also exchanged information on disaster and emergency response methods applied in different countries, examples of good practice, importance of first response, and the people on whom they depend to continue their lives. Medical devices and the devices they use. Host PUI provided full support to project partners during the meeting. It satisfies all participants in both education and social activities. “
Demir noted that Host PUI is a highly experienced response organization in that area, with a large capacity in terms of staff and equipment. “During the meeting, they enabled us to inspect the stations where firefighting equipment and vehicles were on their list. They provided information about the operation. “ Says
We will live together in Spain in May, Latvia in August!
Recalling that the inaugural meeting of the project was held on 26-27-28 October, 2021 in Eskiেehir, the project coordinators, “Learning / Teaching / Training (LTT) activities were held in France as the second transnational meeting of the project. The third LTT event will be held in Spain in May, and the fourth LTT event will be held in Latvia in August. ” They made a statement.