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QRCS sponsors surgeries for Iraqi IDPs, Syrian refugees in Erbil [EN/AR]

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October 16th, 2021 ― Doha: The representation office of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) in Iraq is executing a general surgery and oncology project for the benefit of internally displaced people (IDPs) and Syrian refugees in Erbil Governorate.

This is part of the program of medical convoys executed by QRCS all over the world since 2000, with a view to providing direct medical support for the beneficiaries, by performing significant surgeries, examinations, and medications for the benefit of those suffering health issues but cannot afford the cost of treatment in poor and affected countries.

Hosted by the Rizgary Teaching Hospital in Erbil, the project is aimed at improving health conditions and strengthening the health system of Erbil, by supporting the governorate’s health bureau and the hospital, to provide the Iraqi IDPs and Syrian refugees at camps who need specialized surgical interventions with access to adequate secondary health care, so that they can get the right and timely treatment they need.

Another objective of the project is to reduce the mortality and morbidity rates, by securing comprehensive and free-of-charge treatment services (clinical examinations, diagnosis, and surgical operations). This will be very helpful in alleviating the suffering of the patients and their families, amid severe health and socioeconomic conditions, which were further exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic.

According to the action plan, the project involves performing clinical examinations for the patients at camp-bound health care centers, referring those who require surgical operations to the Rizgary Hospital, where they undergo more advanced preoperative examinations, with a total budget of QR 103,777.

Until the date of this report, 52 patients have been examined and 11 surgeries performed. The beneficiaries were selected based on the medical reports and field visits at camps. Gifts and toys are distributed to the ill children, in order to boost their morale.

The project will last until the end of 2021, with funding from the revenue of benevolent donors in Qatar.

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About Qatar Red Crescent (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 191 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.