QRCS Operates 22 May Health Center in Taiz [EN/AR]

Report
from Qatar Red Crescent Society
Published on 19 Mar 2017

March 19th, 2017 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) has completed the second phase of the project to rehabilitate and operate the 22 May Primary Health Care Center in Al-Mudhaffar District, the Taiz Governorate, Yemen.

Done in cooperation with the Yemen Medical Charitable Society (YMCS), the project cost $110,000 (QR 400,000), funded by Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD).

Since its reopening in August 2016, the center has received 23,932 patients. The rehabilitated departments are pediatrics, obstetrics & gynecology, dentistry, reproductive health & family planning, malnutrition, and vaccination.

The project revived the hopes of the local community, who had lost the only source of medical treatment with the closure of the center. In coordination with the center's management, QRCS conducted a quick development plan to run the center till May 2017.

In a statement, Ilan Abdel-Haq, Director of Health Bureau, Taiz Governorate, welcomed the efforts by QRCS to support Taiz public health facilities, which helped improve the almost broken-down health system. "I hope that the generous support from the State of Qatar would continue for the benefit of the poor local community," she added.

Dr. Helal Ali, the center's supply manager, said, "Thanks God, all the center's departments are now functional. We serve all visitors, using the medical equipment and consumables provided by QRCS. We appeal for more contributions for the patients, who suffer unfavorable health and economic conditions".

The beneficiaries were very happy with the re-operation of the center. The mother of Soliman Daoud, who suffered a severe malnutrition, said, "You have given new life to my son. May God protect you and everyone in Qatar. We thank the Emir of Qatar and all those who work to save the lives of Yemeni people. We love the people of Qatar".

According to the mother of Maram Abdullah, who had pyoderma gangrenosum in her thigh, the State of Qatar is the only country that serves people sincerely without media show-up, providing treatment for the patients free of charge.

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About Qatar Red Crescent Society (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 190 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. For more information, please contact Fareed Adnan, Head of Media Affairs, Communication Department, Tel.: +974 5583 7338, email: fareed@qrcs.org.qa.