TRU speaker to share Canadian Red Cross first aid experience in disasters

By Dylana Milobar
February 10, 2019 - 1:50pm Updated: February 11, 2019 - 6:11pm

KAMLOOPS — Not only laying out how vital Red Cross responders are for countries experiencing disasters, but showing how those crises impact first aid workers will be the topic of an event at TRU tomorrow evening (Feb. 11).

The event, Hope, Healing and Humanity: Nursing in Global Disasters and Crises, will feature Rosalind Neis, a Canadian Red Cross aid worker and nurse, who will speak about her experiences responding to global disasters and crises.

In an email, Andrew Hopkins, Communications Advisor for the Canadian Red Cross B.C. & Yukon, says the nurse from West Kelowna's operating room will relay her time in Nepal after the 2015 earthquake, along with her recent time helping people in Bangladesh who fled violence in Myanmar.

More than 700,000 people have fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh since the latest outbreak of violence in 2017, according to the Red Cross.

Neis is part of the Canadian Red Cross Emergency Response Unit which helped provide critical, sometimes life-saving assistance to more than 142,000 people in Bangladesh.

She also worked in a Red Cross Field Hospital in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, treating patients with health issues ranging from injuries sustained on their long journeys to complicated pregnancies.

The event is free to the public, and will be held Monday, February 11th from TRU's Brown Family House of Learning in the Barber Centre (HOL 190) from 6:00 p.m til 8:00 p.m.

To sign up, the event page can be accessed here.

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