Doha: Since its inception 10 years ago, the representation office of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) in the West Bank and Jerusalem has made remarkable achievements that are still bearing fruits. Many hospitals have received medical equipment and supplies to continue to serve hundreds of patients from the Palestinian villages and towns every day, let alone the numerous livelihood projects to help the Palestinian families to earn their living.
Over the past decade, QRCS conducted seven relief projects for 32,473 beneficiaries (at a total cost of $548,602), 18 development projects for 323,390 beneficiaries ($3,108,306), six health care projects for 383,706 beneficiaries ($1,094,485), 12 food security projects for 104,978 beneficiaries ($792,182), and two economic empowerment projects for 620 beneficiaries ($355,972).
A plan has been recently announced by QRCS to launch new projects in the West Bank and Jerusalem during 2020. These include purchasing and upgrading medical equipment for the Makassed Islamic Charitable Society Hospital, for the benefit of 8,500 patients per year, with a budget of $250,000. Also, $117,000 worth of cancer drugs will be purchased for Augusta Victoria Hospital, which serves 4,000 cancer patients per year.
QRCS will purchase two ambulance vehicles for the ambulance and emergency center of Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS). In addition, the costs of equipment and operation for six months will be paid – around $182,950. At normal times, the beneficiaries from these services are estimated at 4,800 persons per month.
In order to build the capacity of its Palestinian counterpart, QRCS will procure 13 vital signs monitors, medications, and medical supplies at a cost of $400,000, as a contribution to the Coronavirus control efforts across the Palestinian territories.
As strategic partners, QRCS and PRCS work together on many projects to ensure optimized results, building on their close relations and unified vision of providing high-quality services that meet the needs of the Palestinian people and alleviate their suffering.
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About Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS)
Established in 1978, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is a humanitarian volunteering organization that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without partiality or discrimination.
QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which consists of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and 191 National Societies. QRCS is also a member of several GCC, Arab, and Islamic organizations, such as the Islamic Committee of International Crescent and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). In this legally recognized capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict zones, thus serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian efforts — a role that distinguishes it from other local charities and NGOs.
QRCS operates both locally and internationally and has ongoing international relief and development projects in a number of countries throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe. QRCS’s humanitarian actions include providing support in disaster preparedness, disaster response, risk reduction, and disaster recovery. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, healthcare, and social development to local communities. It is also active at the humanitarian advocacy front. With the help of a vast network of trained, committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity.
QRCS works under the umbrella of the seven international humanitarian principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.
Source: Qatar Red Crescent Society