Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has revealed that the humanitarian aid budget that supported its humanitarian programs and interventions since the start of the unjust blockade on the State of Qatar three years ago amounted to QR 1.3 billion, benefiting more than 30 million people around the world. QRCS noted that the mentioned three-year period was marked by humanitarian works, which has been increasing in frequency year after year, to prove QRCS leadership in the areas of social, development, and relief work at the local and international levels. QRCS pointed out that its continuation of overcoming challenges, and action and efforts, to achieve Qatar National Vision 2030, and its policy and plans in project management have achieved many successes inside and outside Qatar.
In its report, QRCS drew attention to its close partnerships with various state institutions, civil society organizations, and the private sector, so that the total budget allocated to its developmental, social, medical and educational projects locally reached QR 827 million, with a total of 3.1 million beneficiaries from different segments of society. QRCS also touched on the remarkable development in its efforts in the field of development work in cooperation with state institutions and the private sector and said that QRCS seeks through its humanitarian services to raise the standard of living of vulnerable families, noting that the volume of emergency and seasonal assistance provided by QRCS during the past three years amounted to approximately QR 20 million, which reached more than 121 thousand people.
In the field of medical services, QRCS said that its medical affairs sector has witnessed an evolution in its innovative medical devices, an expansion of its services, and a noticeable increase in the number of medical staff and kits that are rehabilitated at the highest level of professionalism, in line with developments in modern science and technology. In this regard, QRCS indicated that it possesses a fleet equipped with the latest technologies to secure patient safety, with 50 ambulances with its staff consisting of 67 paramedics and 120 volunteers, and also runs 4 health centers for workers in addition to 3 units of health commission, which benefited during 3 years 2.851.856 persons and more than 229.000 new residents, at a total cost of more than QR 900 thousand.
In the field of volunteering, QRCS mentioned that the number of volunteers has been increasing steadily to reach 18.000 volunteers since 2017, which confirms the desire of citizens and residents to serve the country and humanity, praising their role in the Coronavirus pandemic crisis that afflicted the whole world. QRCS pointed out that its activities extended and expanded during the three last years beyond the geographical borders to reflect its noble humanitarian mission through 19 representative offices and missions abroad, in more than 30 countries around the world, through the implementation of projects, programs and humanitarian interventions amounting to approximately QR 600 million, for the benefit of approximately 26,734 people in need, the displaced and the refugees. QRCS stressed that the health sector is one of its top priorities, as it has allocated a total budget of more than QR 245 million, through which it can guarantee the expenses of treating many sick cases, providing primary, secondary and emergency health care services, monitoring vaccination campaigns for children, and supporting and providing hospitals and health centers with medicines, medical equipment and ambulances, operating health clinics in camps for the displaced and refugees, covering the costs of dialysis for the needy, and sending multidisciplinary medical convoys.
QRCS also made use of its material and development efforts to support projects to accommodate the displaced, refugees and displaced persons in many countries at a cost of more than QR 108 million, and QRCS spent a budget that exceeded QR 61 million on food and livelihood projects, as well as implementing projects related to the water sector in 16 countries with a budget of QR 61 million. The report also dealt with the humanitarian assistance provided by QRCS in the field of education to countries in need, as it is one of the most important pillars of development. The report said that in three years, QRCS implemented educational projects in 9 countries with a value that exceeded QR 16 million.
QRCS equipped hospitals and built the capacity of local medical cadres, and during the past 3 years, their number reached 20 medical convoys, which helped treat 9.852 patients, at a total cost of more than QR 6.925 million. QRCS pointed out that, it did not neglect its duty to support the state and the world in facing the crisis of Coronavirus (Covid-19), as an embodiment of its unique legal capacity as a supporter of the state in its humanitarian and social policies.
QRCS explained that since the World Health Organization announced the spread of this pandemic, QRCS prepared all its cadres, and established training courses and field camps, and coordinated with the state institutions concerned with responding to accidents and risks. QRCS added that it was keen to involve the community in the efforts to combat the pandemic, by launching a fundraising campaign to provide means of prevention and personal protection for health cadres and volunteers involved in fighting the pandemic in the country and supporting health systems in a number of countries in need and preventing the spread of the virus.
Source: Qatar News Agency
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