In Education, Water & Health Care
A delegation of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has visited Afghanistan to inaugurate a number of development projects completed by QRCS's mission there over the past few months, in the fields of education, water, and health care.
The delegation comprised Najlaa Al-Haj, Head of International Development, and Said Tijani, Head of Asia Portfolio.
During the visit, meetings were held with representatives of partners like the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS), the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the Afghan Ministry of Health (MoH).
Also, the delegation visited Paktia Province to open two new schools built as part of a program to support education in remote areas of the country.
In partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Afghan Charitable Foundation, educational aid was distributed to several schools in Zurmat and Mirzaka Districts of Paktia.
The $376,780 aid included classroom tents, desks, seats, textbooks, stationery, and lighting for the two schools, which together have 2,868 students.
In Khost Province, the delegation visited two health care units covered by a program to operate 100 health centers for two years, with a budget of $901,837.
In cooperation with MoH and ARCS, a number of health centers were furnished with medical and non-medical equipment. The medical and assistant staff and medications were also provided.
The centers offer primary health care to patients, referrals to nearby hospitals, and health education campaigns, with a total number of beneficiaries amounting to 249,600 patients.
In conclusion of the visit, the delegation went to Kandahar Province to inaugurate seven water wells dug under a water project of QRCS and the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD).
The one-year, $400,000 project involves digging 100 water wells with pumps and 20 artesian wells in Kandahar, Helmand, Oruzgan, Zabul, Ghazni, Paktia, Paktika, and Wardak Provinces, southern and southeastern Afghanistan.
Its purpose is to secure potable water over the long run for more than 1,000 families (7,000 people), secure irrigation water for nearly 4,000,000 sq-m of farms and cultivated land, improve health conditions by reducing water-borne diseases, and create income-generating agricultural jobs.
The head of QRCS office in Afghanistan revealed plans to expand these projects to include social and health aid, stressing the fact that Qatar is determined to help Afghanistan in all aspects that need support.