December 23rd, 2020 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched an emergency intervention to help the internally displaced people (IDPs) affected by flash floods in Yemen, by deploying emergency medical care teams to the governorates of Taiz and Hajjah.
This intervention comes in response to the humanitarian appeal issued by the Health Cluster of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to help the affected Yemeni families.
At a total cost of $55,143, QRCS’s mission in Yemen is deploying 11 emergency medical care teams across Abs District and rural areas (Hajjah) and Al-Shamayatayn District (Taiz).
In Taiz, the field medical teams are visiting Al-Shamayatayn to help the victims, with 280 patients covered by the first visit.
The team has an ambulance vehicle, medications, and medical supplies. It comprises a GP, nurse, pharmacist, nutritionist, immunologist, and reproductive health specialist.
They examine the patients, give them the necessary prescriptions, and provide public health counseling. Critical cases are referred to the Al-Nashma Hospital, which had already been rehabilitated by QRCS.
Dr. Hudhayfah Al-Sabri, the project coordinator at QRCS’s mission, said, “This emergency intervention is co-implemented with the governorate’s health department, the director of camp executive unit, and the camp coordination department of the International Organization for Migration (IOM)”.
According to him, the intervention will last for two months to cover all the residents of camps in the district.
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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.