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QRCS sponsors surgeries for poor patients in Gaza [EN/AR]

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Dr. Abo Ghali performs surgeries at Al-Shefaa Medical Complex © QRCS

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June 9th, 2021 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) continues to execute its project to perform surgeries for poor patients in Gaza, which involves major and life-saving operations in the specialties of cardiothoracic surgery, cardiovascular surgery, orthopedics, and urology. The overall cost of the project is $789,142.

Dr. Akram Nassar, head of QRCS’s representation office in Gaza, said the project was part of the Medical Expertise and Training Recruitment Project, aimed at enhancing the health sector, improving the quality of health services offered for Palestinian patients, and reducing the negative impact of continued blockade and recurrent wars on Gaza. He noted that QRCS contracted a number of consultant physicians to perform specialized surgeries for Gaza patients, as well as to train the local medical professionals and develop their skills to handle different medical procedures.

According to Dr. Nassar, the project will help to shorten the waiting lists at hospitals and reduce the need to refer patients for treatment abroad, thus easing the financial and health burdens on the Ministry of Health (MOH) and families of patients. Also, It will ensure uninterrupted health services at Gaza hospitals.

Regarding the cardiological interventions under the project, Dr. Saher Abo Ghali, QRCS’s consultant cardiac surgeon in Gaza, gave an overview of his surgeries at the Al-Shefaa Medical Complex in Gaza City. These included arteriovenous (AV) stent placements for coronary artery disease using off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), or beating heart technique.

Since early in February 2021, he has performed 44 surgical operations and follow-ups.

QRCS has sponsored the Medical Expertise and Training Recruitment Project for 12 years, executing eight sub-projects with an overall cost of QR 23 million, to back Gaza’s health system, keep it serving, and prevent its failure amid the political and economic challenges.

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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.