Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has carried out 27 projects in the Gaza Strip with a total cost of $10m, including 19 projects related to services rendered to the disabled and eight projects for higher education and the society.
The projects implemented are in collaboration with Palestinian Red Crescent Society, and funded by QRC and its strategic partners such as Al Fakhoora and the Islamic Development Bank (under the programme of the Council of the GCC countries for reconstructing Gaza).
These projects resulted in several success stories, where a positive impact was made to the lives of people and made life easier for them due to the visual impairment services and the college of abilities project among others.
Dr Salam Sabah, director of the ophthalmic hospital, said: “People get exposed to diseases that can easily lead to losing their sight if they ignore the symptoms or wait longer than they should to consult a doctor.”
He said considering the complicated situation in Gaza, one would notice that having a surgery appointment would take much longer than it is supposed to, especially since there is a shortage of specialised eye doctors and lack of medical equipment in Gaza.
“The moment we started our cooperation with Qatar Red Crescent on developing disability services in Gaza Strip, especially the visual impairment services, we covered approximately 90 percent of the patients who needed surgical intervention inside the Strip, sparing them the trouble of travelling abroad and all the additional financial costs as well,” Dr Sabah said.
The dean of the College of Abilities, Jean Calder, said: “The students now will have a much more convenient environment to study, learn and focus on their classes. This has also encouraged us to double the number of advertisements for students with disabilities to apply and join our college.”
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