February 16th, 2021 ― Doha: The Hamad bin Khalifa Hospital in Boutilimit, Mauritania, has issued its annual report on the medical activities and services offered during 2020 to improve the health conditions of the local communities of Boutilimit and neighboring regions. Operated and managed by Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), under an MoU with Education Above All (EAA), the hospital relies on its own resources and infrastructure, with a workforce of 81 specialist physicians, nurses, assistants, social workers, and administrative staff. Some activities were affected by the unexpected impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The overall budget of the hospital for 2020 amounted to $1,275,000. It has four medical divisions: outpatient, inpatient, technical, and emergency. There are six outpatient clinics of internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, dermatology, general surgery, orthopedics, and dental medicine. Multiple Activities From 1 January to 31 December 2020, the 8-bed emergency department received 15,595 patients, including 12,339 multiple emergencies, 2,981 Ob-Gyn emergencies, and 275 road traffic injuries. Performance indicators show that the hospital managed to achieve a main goal of reducing referrals to major hospitals in Nouakchott – no more than 67 referrals. With its six rooms, the outpatient department offers GP services during weekdays, while other specialties are available on a basis of three clinics per week. Over the past year, the department served 41,459 patients, including 16,223 children, 8,932 male adults, and 16,304 female adults. They are divided as follows: GP (22,497), general surgery (764), pediatrics (2,905), Ob-Gyn (1,327), dental (1,568), orthopedics (1,784), pregnancy care (2,153), dermatology (4,316), internal medicine (2,185), and ophthalmology (1,960). Currently, the hospital has a capacity of 62 beds in four recovery departments (internal, pediatrics, Ob-Gyn, and general surgery). The reported year saw 4,759 inpatients with a total of 10,969 stay days. The bed occupancy rate was 57%, with an average of 2.3 stay days per patient. As the hospital pays great attention to maternal and child health, the Ob-Gyn department supervised 1,531 births, including 263 C-sections, with a surgical intervention percentage of 17%, which is much less than national figures, reflecting the improved performance of the department. In the department of biotechnology, which consists of three fully equipped operating rooms, lab, and medical imaging unit, it conducted 861 surgeries in the specialties of Ob-Gyn, orthopedics, and general surgery. Also, there were made 37,809 lab tests (average: 100 per day) and 6,251 medical images (average: 20 per day). The hospital continued to provide training for the students of public health schools, such as the schools of public health in Rosso and Kiffa. Over the past 12 months, a new batch of 58 trainees was received. To ensure sustainability of professional capacity-building, the hospital took part in many training courses with other organizations and organized internship and field training programs for nurses. Social Services In relation to social care, the Social Affairs Department assisted 307 poor patients to get access to vital health services. Under a partnership agreement with the National Reproductive Health Program, health care was given to 1,456 pregnant women across Boutilimit. Since the beginning of 2019, the hospital has been engaged under the national health initiative to combat viral inflammations, by developing an automatic mechanism to vaccinate all newborns prior to discharge. Over six months, the new mechanism had a coverage rate of 100%. There were public awareness interventions to promote preventive health practices in the face of Coronavirus pandemic. To protect the health workers, informative courses were held on the basic rules of prevention and what to do when dealing with a positive case. Also, tips and educational posters were put everywhere in the hospital’s premises. The Hamad bin Khalifa Hospital was established in 2007 under the patronage of H.E. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, through the Qatari-Mauritanian Social Development Foundation, which is supervised by EAA, a global institution aimed at creating new opportunities and hopes for the needy and underserved children, youths, and women, particularly in the areas affected by war, armed conflict, or natural disasters. It has a strategic goal of providing high-quality health care at affordable prices for the poor, to avoid the need to travel for treatment in Nouakchott or abroad.
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.