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QRCS launches surgical convoy in West Bank [EN/AR]

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August 22nd, 2021 Doha: The representation mission of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) in the West Bank and Jerusalem is carrying out a surgical project, with a total budget of $182,067 (QR 663,634).

Under its medical convoy program in the West Bank, Palestine, QRCs sponsors cleft lip surgeries for children and urology surgeries for patients with renal disease, in cooperation with Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS).

The project is aimed at providing medical assistance to alleviate the suffering of the patients who need urgent surgical intervention, securing advanced medical services for the children born with cleft lip or cleft palate, developing the surgery departments at PRCS hospitals with medical and surgical equipment, reducing the patients on waiting lists for specialized surgeries, and saving the patients the high costs of treatment.

According to the action plan, surgeries are performed by local surgeons in the specializations of urology for 50 patients and cleft lip/palate surgery for 60 children. Varying from minor to medium-level cases, the beneficiaries were selected from the waiting lists of the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MOH). The project is hosted by PRCS hospitals in the cities of Al-Bireh and Hebron.

So far, 28 and 31 surgeries have been performed for urology patients and cleft lip/palate patients respectively. At the same time, the list of medical equipment required for the target surgery departments was developed, and they are being procured from the suppliers already contracted under a public tender prior to the project’s start.

This project addresses many issues suffered by the health care sector in the West Bank, including lack of qualified medical professionals and supplies, the many surgery delays or cancellations due to overdemand on surgical services at MOH hospitals, and the high costs of treatment that the patients cannot afford, which may cause health complications.

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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.