August 23rd, 2021 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched a project to restore and equip six health centers in Sanaa and Taiz, Yemen, in order to provide health care services for COVID-19 patients.
Being part of QRCS’s ongoing efforts to back the failing health sector of Yemen, this project is funded from the revenue of the fundraising campaign launched in commemoration of the late Jaber Al Masoud.
Under phase 1, two quarantine/isolation facilities are being supported at the Al-Thawra General Hospital in Sanaa and the Al-Jomhouri University Hospital in Taiz. Later, another four centers will be supported under phase 2: Al-Thawra Hospital and Al-Jomhouri Hospital (Sanaa) and the Al-Salam Hospital and Yemen Red Crescent Hospital (Taiz).
These were selected from a list of 38 health centers designated by Yemen’s Ministry of Health and Population and the Yemen Health Cluster as COVID-19 quarantine facilities.
Mohamed Al-Waziza, the project’s manager, said, “With $593,501 funding from QRCS, the project contributes to six quarantine facilities, to save the lives of COVID-19 patients. It involves supplying intensive care units (ICUs) with ventilators, DC shocks, anesthesia, vital signs monitors, X-ray and ultrasound imaging machines, and other medical equipment, medications, and laboratory solutions.
Also, the project involves premises restoration and maintenance, to enable the centers to offer high-quality treatment services in light of the nature of the pandemic.
Dr. Nashwan Al-Hossami, Director of the Al-Jomhouri General University Hospital in Taiz, commended QRCS’s efforts: “Today, QRCS is making a new contribution to its health projects. We took handover of a fully-fledged ICU comprising 14 vital signs monitors, liquid sucker, syringe pump, and portable radiographer”.
“In the face of COVID-19, QRCS has always been there to help both the hospital’s staff and medical care seekers,” he added. “All the ICU supplies were received today by the hospital. It is not something unusual for QRCS, as a main contributor to the health sector of Taiz and humanity at large”.
Dr. Abdul-Malik Jahaf, Chairman of the Al-Thawra General Hospital in Sanaa, thanked QRCS for providing the Coronavirus control center with medical equipment, medications, and laboratory solutions.
A few months ago, QRCS had launched a fundraising campaign to commemorate the famous blogger Jaber Al Masoud. The funds will go to the restoration and maintenance of health care centers that serve an average of 25,000 poor Yemenis, mainly women and children. The fundraising campaign was highly welcomed by the benevolent donors of Qatar.
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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.