Syria

QRCS Delivers Medical Aid to Hospitals in Aleppo, Idlib [EN/AR]

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May 3rd, 2016 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is proceeding with its support of the medical sector in Syria, by providing medications, medical equipment, and fuel to help health facilities absorb the increasing numbers of injuries, amid deteriorating health conditions country­wide due to the conflict.
Lately, QRCS personnel in Syria procured 30,960 liters of fuel to operate power generators at the surgical hospital in Aqrabat, Idlib countryside.
These $17,956 supplies will serve the town's 100,000 population and 70,000 internally displaced people (IDPs).
In coordination with the Health Directorate in Idlib, QRCS is operating and supporting the hospital with fuel, medications, medical consumables, and operational costs.
Working with a capacity of 60 beds and four operating rooms, the hospital is specialized in orthopedics and reconstructive procedures, in addition to general medicine and dermatology clinics.
In western Aleppo countryside, QRCS personnel delivered medical consumables and serums worth $2,365 to the health center of Kafarnaha, to help reduce the pressure on the center's resources, as it is located near to the clash frontlines.
Earlier, a needs assessment was done to identify the workload and shortfalls, and accordingly, the needed types of supplies were provided to serve around 1,500 patients from the local community and IDPs.
In relation to its $200,000 immediate relief intervention launched last week, QRCS is providing medical supplies, fuel, and food aid; operating Al­Sakhour health center for 100,000 beneficiaries in Aleppo City, at a cost of $185,000; securing strategic medical stock for the Health Directorate; providing the municipal council with six water tankers to deliver drinking water to 350,000 inhabitants at a cost of $250,000; arranging for more five tankers at a cost of $500,000; providing 1,850 medical kits, 28,000 liters of fuel, and water purification pills; and supplying $80,000 worth of food aid.
Currently, QRCS is operating and supporting 13 primary health care centers across the northern governorates (Aleppo, Idlib, and Latakia) and the southern governorates (Rif Dimashq and Ghouta).
During the first three months of 2016, these health facilities served 108,776 beneficiaries in total.
Arrangements are currently underway to operate more four health centers in Darkush, Houla, Hama, and Daraa.
Furthermore, mobile medical clinics were dispatched from Zerbeh, Qadimoun, Khan Al­Sabil, Anjara, Bab Al­Salama, and Al­Janudiyah health centers.
QRCS has already completed the community health project in Idlib; the external monitoring of polio, measles, and rubella vaccination campaigns in cooperation with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); and the emergency response projects for Aqrabat Hospital, Idlib ambulance system, Al­Sakhour health center, and Ghouta ambulance system.
The overall budget of QRCS's medical projects in Syria throughout 2016 exceeds $4 million (more than QR 14.5 million).

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