The Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched a new project to support 318 cancer patients in Yemen, in collaboration with the National Centre for Cancer Treatment (NCCT) and specialised centres, at a cost of $222,202.
In a press statement, Dr Mohamed Matar Juhaf, head of the Republican Educational Hospital in the capital Aden, said: "We welcome the QRCS to the General Republican Hospital in the capital.”
NCCT director-general Dr Abdullah Dahan Thawabah said: “It is the first time we have received a qualitative project that adopts the free service of diagnosis through CT (computerised tomography) scans and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)."
“The QRCS has continued this project by adopting radiation therapy for cancer patients, which it has previously provided in a project during 2022, and it had a great impact,” he said. “Today, cancer patients have the ability to access treatment for free.”
“We extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to the QRCS for their generous assistance, and we hope it continues, and we will work with them to provide these services that have significant and great impact on our patients,” Dr Thawabah added.
The QRCS noted that the number of cancer patients in Yemen has exceeded 95,000 patients according to official records, excluding unregistered numbers.
Due to the weakness of specialised and supporting institutions, the burdens of cancer patients, their families, and the community have increased.
The QRCS therefore seeks to alleviate the suffering of cancer patients by facilitate access to diagnostic and radiation treatment services.