November 5th, 2018 ― Doha: Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) have signed a $5 million funding agreement to meet the humanitarian and medical needs of more than 680,000 beneficiaries in Yemen.
The agreement was signed by Mansoor Abdullah Al-Dehaimi, Executive Director for Shared Services, QFFD, and Youssef Abdullah Al-Sada, Executive Director, QRCS.
It is aimed at improving the health conditions and reducing morbidity and mortality rates among vulnerable groups, including women, children, poor families, and displaced people. To that end, comprehensive primary health and malnutrition care will be provided in three overpopulated governorates (Taiz, Sanaa, and Al-Hudaydah), and the Khalifa Hospital in the Turbah town, Taiz, will be supported with personnel, equipment, supplies, maintenance, and training.
In his remarks, Mr. Al-Dehaimi said, "Under its wise leadership, the State of Qatar plays an effective role in helping the vulnerable around the world, standing by our brothers in Yemen, and supporting those in need, amid deteriorating conditions".
He emphasized the importance of health projects, which have long-term developmental outcomes. "Such projects will be very beneficial for the Yemeni people, especially as there are widespread epidemics and lack of medications," he added.
Mr. Al-Sada said, "I would like to thank QFFD for this generous support to QRCS's ongoing relief work in Yemen. With this money, we will be able to expand our intervention to take in more and more beneficiaries. Our ultimate goal is to alleviate their suffering in such a protracted ordeal, while respecting their dignity".
Commending the strategic partnership with QFFD, Mr. Al-Sada sees it as a reflection of Qatar's unwavering support for the vulnerable, particularly in regional war zones like Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya. "At the center of these efforts is QRCS, in its internationally recognized capacity and auxiliary role to the State of Qatar in its local and international humanitarian endeavors," he noted.
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 190 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.