Qatar Charity (QC) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance co-operation and experience sharing in the field of international humanitarian work.
QC executive director Yousuf bin Ahmed al-Kuwari and MSF-France president Dr Méguerditch Tarazian signed the MoU at MSF’s headquarters in Paris.
“We have found this interest to be mutual, through the communication that we had over the past years, as well as the positive interaction between the two organisations on a number of humanitarian events that were organised by QC in Doha,” al-Kuwari said.
The partnership is expected to contribute in developing and supporting mutual understanding and co-operation in various medical humanitarian projects between QC and MSF, according to MSF-UAE executive director Mohamed Bali.
The MoU focuses on three main areas: raising the awareness on medical humanitarian activities and how to participate in them; capacity building and the sharing of expertise in field projects; and the launch of joint fundraising campaigns to support field projects in emergency crises.
Al-Kuwari pointed out that the mandate of QC, along with its fellow humanitarian organisations, is to contribute effectively and responsibly to the humanitarian work and activities done by non-governmental organisations in GCC countries.
“This in turn, will help us relay our humanitarian message and face enormous challenges,” he noted.“Foremost among these are the needs resulting from the humanitarian crises that are raging through a number of countries in the Arab world (Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and Sudan, among others). MSF, meanwhile, is looking to expand the scope of its community partnerships in GCC countries to strengthen the provision of medical aid for those affected by conflicts, epidemics, natural disasters, and exclusion from healthcare, Bali said.
He added that MSF has several medical humanitarian projects in the Middle East and North Africa, including Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen, Palestine, Egypt and Libya.
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