QRCS, UNRWA seek stronger relations for Gaza [EN/AR]

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November 4th, 2019 ― Doha: Dr. Akram Nassar, Head of Representation Mission of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) in Gaza, has received Matthias Schmale, Director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) field operations in Gaza.

After a briefing on QRCS’s diverse operations in Gaza, the two men discussed areas of cooperation between QRCS and UNRWA for the people of Gaza, particularly in the health care sector, as well as supporting disability and rehabilitation organizations.

Mr. Schmale appreciated QRCS’s ongoing efforts in the blockade, and it was agreed to take coordination to higher levels in the future.

Established in 2008, QRCS’s representation mission in Gaza has implemented over 80 humanitarian projects, at a total cost of $111 million. These achievements are inspired by the organization’s vision of alleviating the humanitarian impact of disasters and contributing to the social and human development of underserved communities.

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