October 7th, 2020 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has implemented a Coronavirus (COVID-19) response project in Mongolia, with a view to supporting the vulnerable families affected by the pandemic. Co-implemented with the Mongolian Red Cross Society (MRCS), the project is part of a large-scale program to support Coronavirus control efforts in 22 countries.
The $20,000 project involves providing shelter and nonfood items for the poor families that lost their homes due to lack if income, amid lockdown and precautionary measures. The beneficiaries were selected by Mongolia’s Ministry of Labor and Social Protection.
According to progress reports, the contracted traditional shelters and the household items were purchased under a public tender and delivered as per the announced specifications. A total of 28 families, or around 200 persons, benefited from the project in many parts of the country, including Ulaanbaatar City, Sukhbaatar Province, and Khentii Province.
The beneficiaries who met the criteria were as follows: 11 vulnerable households with disabled members, 5 single elderly people, 7 vulnerable households with more than 4 children, and 5 single mothers with more than 2 children. QRCS’s initiative to back the fellow National Societies in 22 countries across six continents is aimed at protecting 320,000 persons against the virus, with a total budget of QR 2,236,827.
These countries are: Palestine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Laos, Vanuatu, Ethiopia, Chad, Senegal, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Mali, Sierra Leone, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Venezuela, El Salvador, Peru, and Panama.
The list of activities conducted by QRCS in support of those countries includes provision of equipment and supplies for health facilities, provision of medicines and medical supplies, protection for medical professionals and volunteers, provision of food and shelter for families worst affected by loss of income, and provision of protective supplies (masks, gloves, sanitizers, etc.).
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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.