Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) has completed more than 90 development projects at a cost of nearly QR415mn ($114mn) to serve Palestinians in Jerusalem, Gaza Strip, and the West Bank.
The high-quality projects covered health, water, sanitation, and higher education. QRCS initiated its work in Palestine in 2002, and in 2008, representative offices were established in the West Bank and Gaza.
A recently released report by QRCS showed that the organisation took part in the development of a strategic plan for the health sector in Gaza.
Priorities of the health sector translated into a well-designed strategy with defined goals, vision, timeframe, and budget, as a guide for government and international donors and service providers.
Other health-related projects include the Emiri Specialised Medical Scholarship programme, conducted by QRCS in co-ordination with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Islamic Development Bank (IDB). So far, 72 Palestinian doctors and eight technicians graduated from the programme.
Also, specialist facilities were established for medical education in neurology, cardiology, gastroenterology, and other specialities.
A neurosurgery department was also established in the European Gaza Hospital, at a cost of $6mn.
QRCS also completed the establishment of a Specialised Surgery Building at Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza, including its equipment pegged at more than $31mn.
Foreign experts were hired to provide medical services and training, at a cost of $2mn. This project offered surgery interventions and neonatal care for more than 13,300 cases.
Under a $13.6mn sustainability plan, QRCS rehabilitated and upgraded Al Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem.
In the water and sanitation sector, QRCS is constructing a PS11 sewage pumping station in Gaza to improve the sewage system in the targeted areas with $5mn funding from the GCC programme for the reconstruction of Gaza, under the supervision of IDB.
In addition, a $3.2mn project is underway to develop Asqula Endowment Pond, Gaza City, construct a rainwater capture and storage system in Beer Al Naaja, Jabalia, and re-use the collected water in Khan Younis. These works are designed to serve more than 500,000
In the education sector, QRCS conducts a $5mn project to rehabilitate and develop higher education institutions in Gaza, with funding from the GCC programme for the reconstruction of Gaza and Qatar’s Al Fakhoora Programme.
Among the institutions supported by this project were the Islamic University, Al Quds Open University, and the University College of Ability Development in Gaza.
Special focus is given to the services for people with special needs, in co-operation with disability organisations in Gaza.
Under this programme, an empowerment project is aimed at providing the deaf and hearing-impaired students with access to higher education. A medical rehabilitation department was established at Al Amal Hospital for patients and disabilities in southern Gaza.
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