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QRCS Aid Breathes Life into Mosul Health Facilities [EN/AR]

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February 20th, 2017 ― Doha:As part of its large-scale relief intervention funded by Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) has initiated a program to support health centers in western Mosul, Iraq, with medications, medical supplies, and furniture.

Conducted in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the program is estimated to benefit 162,600 Iraqi in eight districts of the war-damaged city.

QRCS's program will meet the pressing needs of these health centers, which were critically affected by the ongoing military operations in Mosul.

Over the past three months, QRCS's relief intervention helped as many as 95,915 people out of the total 96,864 internally displaced people (IDPs).

The aid provisions included1,300 food packages for 7,800 people and 5,693 parcels of winterization items and tarpaulins for 33,858 people.

Other activities werethe operation of three health centers to serve 39,257 people (nearly 400 per day)at IDP camps, as well assecuring potable water, garbage boxes and vehicles, and hygiene promotion measures for 15,000 inhabitants of the Khazir camp.

In anticipation of mass evacuations from eastern Mosul, QRCS teams began field assessment of basic needs in the expected destination, southern Mosul. They visited the district health center and identified its shortages in medical consumables and equipment.

Plans are considered to establish a makeshift hospital to receive the extra possible IDPs. Under the Warm Winter Campaign 2016-17, 250 packages of basic nonfood items (NFIs) to the inhabitants of Al-Jadaa camp in Qayyarah, southern Mosul.This winterization aid included mattresses, blankets, heaters, fuel packs, full kitchenware sets, plastic mats, cookers, solar lamps, and water flasks. Also, complete hygiene kits were handed over to families, each lasting for one month.

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About Qatar Red CrescentSociety (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 190National 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 CrossOrganization(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 charitiesandNGOs.

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 contactFareed Adnan, Head of Media Affairs, Communication Department, Tel.: +974 5583 7338, email: fareed@qrcs.org.qa.