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AHVAZ/Yazd, 16 October 2021 (IRCS) - One year has passed since the establishment of Red Crescent House for the Deaf in Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, southwestern Iran, to introduce this group of people to first aid. This is the first Red Crescent House for the deaf in the country to be launched.


Marziyeh Mousavi/ Saeed Darvishi (IRCS)


So far, 197 people with hearing loss have joined the Red Crescent’s House named Avaye Bi Seda (Silent Voice).

They receive first aid skills vial online courses. The courses are conducted by a translator and a person who is representative of the Association of the Deaf.


Training courses for the Aurally Handicapped

“Training courses were the first activities we did. But we did not stop there. In addition to being a small branch of the various Red Crescent activities, the Red Crescent House was active in an important area of concern for the deaf. Helping the deaf employ, especially in the current economic climate, was the most important concern of the members of the Crescent House. In this regard, various institutions, including the Red Crescent, welfare and various industrial centers, cooperated with us,” says Elaheh Badakhshan, Head of Red Crescent House of Avaye Bi Seda. She also serves as the interpreter of the House.


Employment Concerns

Khuzestan Province has 9,000 people with hearing loss of whom 6,000 live in Ahvaz. Many of such people in the province are not familiar with the Red Crescent House and its activities. The deaf volunteers trust managers of the Red Crescent House a lot. That is why they share their hardships with them.


“We meet organizations and industrial centers and ask them to recruit the deaf,” continues Badakhshan. “Also, the deaf themselves come to us and share their skills with us.”

Twenty deaf of the Red Crescent House have been hired in one of the Ahvaz Industrial towns since the House has been established. It’s good news on the first anniversary of the Red Cross House for the Deaf.

She added: 85 percent of the deaf people, despite having various skills, are unemployed and have no jobs,”

Technical training courses will begin this fall at the Red Crescent House for the Deaf. Training such as cooler repair, sewing, handicrafts, needlework, carpet weaving and woolen weaving etc. are part of these trainings.


Public training difficulties in COVID pandemic

Corona has impacted the activities of the Red Crescent House for the Deaf. Deaf people often need lip-reading to communicate with others in addition to gestures, but the use of masks has taken away this possibility from them.

Furthermore, a Red Crescent Center for the Deaf was established two years ago in Yazd in the central province of Yazd. Training of the deaf was a main objective for establishment of the center.

Ali Mojgani, in charge of training in Yazd Red Crescent provincial branch, who set up this center, says: “Members of the center welcomed the training courses very well. However, with the spread of the coronavirus, it became difficult to hold these classes. There were limited training courses but we were not able to hold these classes as we should,”

Nearly 40 deaf people received first-aid and public trainings. After resuming the training courses, the members can take part in instructor training courses and can then render what they have learned to other deaf people.

Over the past year, the deaf who learned first aid helped their families in incidents and prevented a great deal of damage. For example, when sister of a member of Red Crescent House had burns, the pre-hospital measures taken by the trained person saved her from deepening burns.