Earlier this year an elderly man exercising at the Shekou Sports Center in Shenzhen suddenly collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest. Luckily, the center was equipped with an automated external defibrillator (AED) which was used to save his life.
The AED that saved the man’s life was installed by An’xin AED and First Aid Promotion Project funded by the China Merchants Charity Foundation (CMCF).
As a corporate foundation, CMCF carries out a wide range of charity projects to give back to the community. It uses resources from multiple foundations and utilizes medical staff to promote public awareness of first aid.
Since its implementation, the project has organized over 32 training sessions and installed 71 AEDs in public places and communities in Shenzhen, Wuhan and other cities nationwide.
In the meantime, the project has also conducted first-aid training online. Almost 200 community staff, residents, and corporate employees have been certified by the American Heart Association or the European Resuscitation Council as first responders.