November 6th, 2020 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) provided various humanitarian assistance to support the efforts of the Ethiopian Red Cross in combating the Coronavirus COVID-19 in the country. The humanitarian assistance will benefit 65,210 people in the Oromia and Gambella provinces, with a total budget of $113,670.
In partnership with the Ethiopian Red Cross, QRCS provides technical and financial support in addition to supervising field work, through the National Society branches in Oromia and Gambella provinces.
This assistance included personal protective equipment (PPE), hygiene and sterilization supplies, and non-medical materials, which would contribute to limiting the spread of the virus among vulnerable communities.
QRCS also organized training courses for volunteers, in order to prepare them to carry out community awareness campaigns, while providing them with personal protection equipment to maintain their safety and the safety of those targeted by members of the Ethiopian community. A number of health professionals have been trained in the skills of managing health isolation centers for people with Covid-19 disease, in addition to providing the necessary hygiene and sterilization supplies.
Ethiopia has witnessed many successive crises since the beginning of this year, such as locust infestation, floods, communicable diseases like cholera, and COVID-19 disease, which exacerbate the suffering of vulnerable families in the region.
This project comes within the initiative launched by the QRCS to emergency response to the Coronavirus pandemic in 22 countries spread over 6 continents around the world, by supporting the efforts of National Societies working in response efforts, with a total budget of QR 2,236,827 for the benefit of more than 320,000 people in Palestine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Laos, Vanuatu, Ethiopia, Chad, Senegal, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Mali, Sierra Leone, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Venezuela, El Salvador, Peru, and Panama.
This project is part of QRCS’s initiative to back the fellow National Societies in 22 countries across six continents, aimed at protecting 320,000 persons against the virus, with a total budget of QR 2,236,827.
These countries are: Palestine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Laos, Vanuatu, Ethiopia, Chad, Senegal, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Mali, Sierra Leone, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Venezuela, El Salvador, Peru, and Panama.
The list of activities conducted by QRCS in support of those countries includes provision of equipment and supplies for health facilities, provision of medicines and medical supplies, protection for medical professionals and volunteers, provision of food and shelter for families worst affected by loss of income, and provision of protective supplies (masks, gloves, sanitizers, etc.).
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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.