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QRCS Completes 2nd Phase of CSF Medical Equipment Project in Yemen

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May 6 th , 2017 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent's (QRCS) mission in Yemen completed the second phase of a project to distribute cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) collection machines to 430 needy infants with hydrocephalus, at a total cost of $120,000 (QR 436,800).

This phase covered 100 kids. Preparations are underway for the third phase, which is planned to commence this month.

The purpose of the project is to reduce mortality rate from hydrocephalus, mitigate its complications, improve the well-being of patients to enable them to live normally, and help poor families with hydrocephalic members, and promote solidarity and compassion in society.

The CSF collection machines were purchased by the Charitable Society for Social Welfare (CSSW). The Handicapped Welfare and Rehabilitation Fund (HWRF) was contracted to perform the implantations for free.

In a statement, Dr. Mohamed Al-Ahlasi, Pediatrician and the Head of the Department of Pediatrics, Al-Sabeen Maternal Hospital, Sana'a, said, "These machines are the only treatment for hydrocephalus. We look forward to more cooperation with charities and humanitarian agencies to overcome the scarce of resources and increasing numbers of patients at public hospitals".

Dr. Ali Al-Moallem, Neurologist, stated, "This is a significant medical project that saves many lives born with hydrocephalus. From my experience, I found that all the cases that visit us are from destitute families who are in dire need for help. This support from QRCS is a lifeline for hundreds of newborns".

Mr. Mohamed Al-Dailami, CEO of HWRF welcomed QRCS and valued its humanitarian role in the war-torn country. "This appreciated contribution will greatly help reduce disabilities and save the lives of innocent kids," he commented.

He hoped for deeper cooperation in special needs care, as the protracted war has claimed numerous victims with serious injuries and disabilities.

When interviewed, the parents of beneficiaries were in seventh heaven. "My daughter suffered this serious disease since her birth," said Mabrouk, father of Maryam. "We faced a lot of difficulties in Taiz and had to flee with my family.

Thanks to QRCS, my daughter got the CSF collection machine implanted, free of charge".

Abdel-Qawi Nagi, father of Nagi, said, "May God reward you well. But for your support, I could do nothing for my son. I cannot afford the cost of the machine and surgery". In the same sense, Fares Ahmed Nagi, father of Ritaj, prayed, "I ask God to reward our brothers in QRCS for saving the life of my daughter".

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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 Societies (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.

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

For more information about Qatar Red Crescent, please contact Mr. Fareed Adnan, Head of Media Affairs, Communication Department, Tel.: +974 5583 7338, email: fareed@qrcs.org.qa.