September 27th, 2022 ― Doha: As part of a project to provide comprehensive health care services for vulnerable Yemenis, co-funded by Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has announced the opening of an emergency obstetric care center at Khalifa General Hospital in Al-Turbah City, Taiz.
During the opening ceremony, Dr. Rajeh Al-Maliki, Director-General of the Public Health and Population Bureau, said, “The inauguration of the emergency obstetric care center at Khalifa General Hospital is aimed at expanding significant services to Al-Shamayatayn and neighboring districts of Taiz and Lahj Governorates” .
“Warm thanks to QFFD and UNFPA for their generous funding to alleviate the suffering of people,” he added. “QRCS remains a key partner that has previous and ongoing contributions to services at health centers and public hospitals across Taiz”.
dr. Abdulrahman Saleh, Director-General of the hospital, stated, “For the hospital’s management, the onset of work at this important center is a long-awaited dream come true. A lot was done by international and local partners to rehabilitate and furnish the hospital to serve more than 1.2 million people. I expect the new center to have good results. According to statistics, more than 15 C-section inpatients are referred to governorate centers every day. With this achievement, we will be able to alleviate people’s suffering and reduce the trouble and risks of travel”. dr. Amatulrahman Saleh, OB/GYN surgeon at Khalifa General Hospital, said, “Pregnant women suffer from poor service at the hospital. Critical or delayed cases bear the burden of traveling to city centers, and they may lose their lives on the way. This center will provide quality services for all the seekers of medical help, helping to reduce pregnancy and childbirth complications”.
dr. Hudhayfa Hazaa, the project’s coordinator, revealed, “The rehabilitation and operation of the emergency obstetric care center at the hospital comes in response to the appeal and suffering of the community. Together with partners, we will keep supporting the target health facilities, by paying staff remunerations, running the laboratory and pharmacy, and providing the medical supplies and equipment needed”.
Going on since March 2021, the “Comprehensive Health Care Services for Vulnerable People” project has $7 million funding from QFFD and UNFPA. It aims at supporting 11 health facilities in three Yemeni governorates: Sana’a, Taiz, and Al-Hudaydah.
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About Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS)
Established in 1978, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is Qatar’s first humanitarian and 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 192 National Societies. It 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 and social efforts — a role that distinguishes it from other local charities and NGOs.
Both locally and internationally, QRCS has relief and development operations in numerous countries throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Central and South America. Its humanitarian mandates include disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and risk reduction. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, food, water, shelter, and other needs of local communities. It is also active at the humanitarian diplomacy and 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, inspired by the seven Fundamental Principles of humanitarian action: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.