October 7th, 2019 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), together with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), has finalized the process of bringing an 8th batch of Palestinian physicians to Qatar under the Emiri Medical Scholarship Program.
This academic year of 2019-2020, 10 physicians from Gaza and the West Bank will come to Qatar to attend postgraduate studies for 4-5 years. After that, each graduate will receive the Arab Board of Health Specializations (ABHS) certification from HMC.
The physicians from the West Bank will specialize in internal medicine (major: pulmonology), psychiatry, anesthetics & intensive care (major: pain Management), radiology (major: conventional & interventional radiology), and general surgery (major: pediatric surgery).
As for those coming from Gaza, they will study internal medicine (major: clinical hematology/oncology), internal medicine (major: rheumatology), pediatrics (major: Neonatology [NICU]), pediatrics (major: pediatric ICU/GI), and emergency medicine (major: trauma critical care).
Recently, the contracts were signed with the selected physicians, who will be soon traveling to Doha. With this batch, the overall number of beneficiaries from this program since its inception in 2003 will rise to 72 physicians, to be added to 26 physicians who received their specialization studies in Jordan.
The signing ceremony was attended by Dr. Khaled Gouda, General Director of PRCS, Dr. Haytham Al-Hassan, member of the program’s advisory committee in the West Bank, and Zeina Hamoud, representative of QRCS in the West Bank and Al-Quds.
This program is part of QRCS’s capacity-building strategy for the health sector in Palestine, to fill the gap in well-trained medical professionals.
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.