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QRCS Provides 20,000 Meals for Displaced Syrians [EN/AR]

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February 17th, 2016 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is proceeding with its immediate humanitarian intervention to help the displaced Syrians fleeing the escalated armed clashes in northern Aleppo countryside towards the Syria-Turkey borders, at a cost of $100,000 (QR 365,000).

In response to the unexpected displacement wave, the below-zero temperatures, and the risks to the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable civilians, QRCS set up a relief catering point in Bab Al-Salama, which is already hosting thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) and is receiving more and more from Aleppo countryside.

Located near a crowded IDP destination on the Syria-Turkey borders, the first phase of the catering point will last for 16 days and provide 20,000 diverse meals, at a rate of 1,250 meals a day for all IDPs in the area.

Once the $30,171 first phase is complete, the second phase will begin for further 16 days at another location.

In parallel, QRCS personnel in Syria could reach out to many families displaced from eastern Aleppo countryside, distributing 1,200 blankets and 600 mattresses to 190 families (1,100 people, mostly children, women, and elderly people).

Through these provisions, QRCS seeks to meet the needs of the displaced Syrian families instantly and effectively, as well as minimize the morbidity and mortality rates resulting from the bad weather, by securing relief and warmth in these critical circumstances.

To that end, QRCS took action since day one to prepare an emergency intervention plan to contribute medical and relief aid, deploying its medics and humanitarians to meet the vital needs of the displaced families on the ground.

Directly, a full-fledged mobile emergency clinic was set up in southern Aleppo countryside. Working 24/7 to provide medications and primacy health care, the clinic is moving around the locations of the poorest IDPs to cover as many beneficiaries as possible.

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About Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS)
Established in 1978, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is a humanitarian charitable 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 (IFRC) in Geneva, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and 190 National Societies. QRCS is also a member of several Gulf, Arab, and Islamic assemblies, such as: the Islamic Committee of International Crescent and the Secretariat-General of the Arab Organization of Red Crescent and Red Cross. 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 charitable or philanthropic organizations.

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. As a reflection of its long-standing accomplishments and credibility, QRCS's Chairman, Dr. Mohammed Al-Maadheed, is former Vice-President of the IFRC.

Qatar Red Crescent works under the umbrella of the seven international humanitarian principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.

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