November 11th, 2018 ― Doha: The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) have signed a grant agreement of QR 4 million, to deliver primary and secondary health care for the Rohingya people forced to move to Bangladesh, and to provide shelter for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Rakhine State, Myanmar.
The agreement was signed by Sultan Ahmed Al-Aseeri, Manager of Country Programs at QFFD, and Youssef Abdullah Al-Sada, Executive Director of QRCS.
November 1, 2018. The supply of electricity available to Gaza residents has increased significantly as a result of the Qatari government’s donation of 60 million USD for fuel, which is being used to operate additional turbines at Gaza’s sole power plant. On October 24, a second of the four turbines at the plant was run; on October 28, for the first time since January 2017, a third turbine was also activated. The United Nations is purchasing the Qatari-funded fuel from Israel and coordinating its entrance into Gaza via Kerem Shalom Crossing.
Positive Step, But Unnecessary Rights Restrictions
(Beirut) – Qatar’s emir signed into law in September 2018 the Gulf region’s first law setting out procedures and requirements for people to seek asylum in the country, Human Rights Watch said today.
The law demonstrates Qatar’s commitment to refugee rights and serves as an example for the region. But it falls short of Qatar’s international obligations, particularly with regard to its restrictions on freedom of movement and expression.
Doha / Information Office / October 10
Upon the directives of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al -Thani, Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) has announced $150 million in emergency aid to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the besieged Gaza Strip for years.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) organized a Back to School ceremony to celebrate support from the State of Qatar. The US$ 50 million contribution to the Agency’s education programme in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank was a vital component in the decision to open UNRWA schools without delay this August. The ceremony, held at the UNRWA Baqa’a Basic Boys’ School, affirms the importance of the right to education for Palestine refugees in the presence of the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) Managing Director H.E. Mr.
Note by the Secretariat
Effective Management of Water Resources in Arab World Key to Future Growth and Stability
STOCKHOLM, 28 August 2018 – Water scarcity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region can either be a destabilizing factor or a motive that binds communities together, according to a new joint report from the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Bank, with the difference determined by the policies adopted to cope with the growing challenge.
By Sarah Wade-Apicella
22 August 2018, Incheon – Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan are in advanced stages of disaster risk reduction strategy development and contributing significantly to the achievement of Target E of the Sendai Framework; to increase the number of countries with national and local disaster reduction plans.
Current major event
Cholera situation in Eastern Mediterranean Region 2017
Cholera remains a threat to public health and claims lives in the countries of Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). During 2017, a total of 1,108,584 suspected cases of cholera including 3,273 related deaths (case fatality rate—CFR: 0.30%) were reported to WHO by seven Member States in the EMR.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called for a fundamental shift in the way drought is perceived and managed in the Near East and North Africa region. The agency said in a new report issued today that a more pro-active approach based on the principles of risk reduction is needed to build greater resilience to droughts.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) supports disaster response and preparedness activities in 20 countries by working closely with Humanitarian Coordinator’s (HC)/Resident Coordinator’s (RC) offices, OCHA Country Offices and Humanitarian Advisory Teams (HATs).
But Rejects Major Protections for Women, Migrant Workers
Lima: sismo de 4.9 grados ocurrido en Huaura no reporta daños materiales ni a la salud
El sismo de 4.9 grados que se presentó a las 08:08 de la mañana en la provincia de Huaura, en Lima, no ha registrado hasta el momento ninguna afectación material ni a la salud, informó el Instituto Nacional de Defensa Civil (Indeci) al Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia Nacional (COEN).
Descenso de temperatura en la sierra alcanzará valores de -15°C desde este jueves 24 de mayo
May 22nd, 2018 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has completed 95% of the medical support program in the city of Sirte, north of Libya, with $499,000 funding from Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD).
In response to the humanitarian aid appeal issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) for Sirte, QFFD and QRCS launched an intervention to support the city's almost failing medical sector, which serves a population of no less than 50,000 persons.
In the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl and His Excellency Mr. Khalifa Bin Jassim Al Kuwari, Director-General of the Qatar Fund for Development signed on Wednesday in Doha a memorandum of understanding in the amount of US$ 50 million. This highly generous contribution by the State of Qatar is crucial to safeguard Palestine refugees’ access to essential education in 2018.
May 6th, 2018 ― Doha: Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) have signed an $8 million funding agreement to address the humanitarian and medical needs of more than 623,000 beneficiaries in Libya.
The agreement was signed by Misfer Hamad Al-Shahwani, Director of Development Projects at QFFD, and Rashid Saad Al-Mohannadi, Director of Relief and International Development at QRCS.