Children in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region1 have witnessed remarkable progress in development during the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) era. Starting from comparatively advanced levels, many countries made further progress in implementation of their children’s rights agenda since the beginning of the 21st century. However, progress has been uneven – among countries as well as within countries.
December 31 st , 2016 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) to mobilize shared relief interventions for the victims of war in Aleppo, at a total cost of $2,323,000.
On Thursday, 29 December, a high-profile delegation from KRCS visited QRCS's Mission in Turkey to sign the agreement. Headed by President, Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer, the KRCS delegation were received by Dr. Khalid Diab, Director, QRCS Relief and International Development, Doha, as well as top officials of the Mission.
December 26th, 2016 ― Doha: The State-owned Qatar Fund for Development (QFD) has announced the allocation of $5 million to provide urgent humanitarian assistance through Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) for thousands of Libyan families returning to Sirte, Libya, amid severe conditions across the board.
The contribution will be used to secure the basic needs in relief and health care for six months, as well as water and sanitation for one year. This life-saving aid would help an estimated 79,400 people of the city.
November 23rd, 2016 ― Doha: In support of the health sector in Palestine, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has signed three agreements with the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH) to conduct a series of projects, at a total cost of $1,493,000 (QR 5.5 million).
The projects are (1) support of the specialized medical education program for doctors of Gaza ($476,000), (2) renovation and equipment of the Department of Cardiology in Nasser Hospital ($517,000), and (3) development of cystoscopy services in Gaza ($500,000).
November 14 th , 2016 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Faculty of Medicine at the Islamic University of Gaza (IU Gaza) to support the Faculty's Emergency and Crisis Management Center (Hayat).
The $148,500 project is aimed at ensuring rapid response, minimized risk, and containment of disasters in Gaza.
October 22nd, 2016 ― Doha: In response to the alarming situation in Mosul, Nineveh, and the probable wave of displacement across the country due to the current military operations, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has activated its emergency operations room at Doha headquarters to collect information about the conditions of displaced people in Iraq.
Real-time reports are received from QRCS's mission in Iraq and its field groups, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 16-22 October 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, Salmonella and extremely drug-resistant TB.
Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) strongly condemns today's airstrike that targeted the civilian area of Latamneh in northern Hama countryside, where one of its health facilities is active.
The airstrike resulted in five civilian casualties: a mother, a father, and their 3-month-old baby girl, as well as a mother and her 1-year-old son. These civilians were waiting to receive medical attention at QRCS's Latamneh Primary Health Care Center.
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 9-15 October 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, West Nile fever and MERS.
Protracted complex emergencies and natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.
The people of the Arab region face an uncertain future. Millions are fleeing their homes to escape violence and millions more remain trapped by conflict or in occupied territory. The expanding population is placing increasing strain on the environment through unsustainable consumption of limited water supplies and abundant energy resources. The rentier economy that prevails in many countries has proven unable to adapt to new realities or absorb the growing and increasingly youthful labour force.
MONTREAL - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today welcomed the first contribution by Qatar to the partnership, a pledge of US$10 million to support the Global Fund's goal of ending epidemics of AIDS, TB and malaria for good.
MONTRÉAL – Le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le sida, la tuberculose et le paludisme a salué aujourd’hui la première contribution du Qatar à son partenariat, une promesse de 10 millions de dollars US à l’appui de l’objectif du Fonds mondial d’en finir pour de bon avec les épidémies de sida, de tuberculose et de paludisme.
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 11-17 September 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, West Nile fever and MERS.
Large-scale conflicts are a major challenge for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
A $12 million agreement has been signed by Khalifa bin Jassim Al-Kuwari, Director-General of Qatar Development Fund (QDF), and Fahad bin Mohamed Al-Naimi, Executive Director of Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS), to relieve the Syrian people, amid persistent bad conditions and a deteriorating humanitarian situation.
This agreement represents Qatar's commitment to and interest in helping the victims of the current events in Syria, trying to alleviate the difficulties facing Syrians across the country.
While Islamist extremism in East Africa is often associated with al Shabaab and Somalia, it has been expanding to varying degrees throughout the region.
Militant Islamist ideology has emerged only relatively recently in East Africa—imported from the Arab world—challenging long-established norms of tolerance.
Giving children access inclusive quality education provides them with the opportunity to change their lives for the better. Educate A Child (EAC) is a worldwide initiative launched by Qatar’s Education Above All Foundation that aims to reduce the number of children denied their right to education. Since 2013, UNRWA and EAC have been working in partnership to ensure quality education for all Palestine refugee students affected by the conflict in Syria through its Education in Emergencies programme.