Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) recently concluded its public exhibition on the Katara Corniche in commemoration of the organisation's 40th anniversary.
The exhibition attracted some 5,000 visitors over five days, QRCS said in a statement.
The event was an “extraordinary success”, said Noora Rashid al-Dosari, executive director - QRCS Volunteering and Local Development Division, who commended the hard work of the 30 volunteers in running the exhibition from 9am to 9pm.
She thanked the management of Katara – the Cultural Village Foundation for hosting the event, which was an outcome of the “fruitful co-operation in social, humanitarian and cultural activities of common interest”, the statement noted.
The exhibition involved sections for volunteering, a photo gallery, kids’ area and health education. It displayed equipment and resources used in the fields of relief, shelter, water and sanitation, and emergency medical care.
QRCS's field hospital.
The gallery provided a pictorial timeline of QRCS's history from 1978 until now, explained Hassan al-Abbasi, a volunteer who took part in the exhibition. "We gave visitors an overview of QRCS's volunteering opportunities, for youths to serve their own community. Now, recruited volunteers can register online," he said.
Student groups visited the exhibition from Nasser Bin Abdullah Al-Attiyah Secondary School, Abdullah Bin Rawaha Primary School, Al-Yarmouk Preparatory School, Qatar Technical Secondary School, the Egyptian Language School and the Tunisian School.
Sahim al-Abdullah, volunteer and member of QRCS's Risk Reduction Team, introduced the visitors to Kit 5, a water and sanitation system deployed to disaster zones to store, purify and distribute water to as many as 5,000 beneficiaries per day.
In the shelter sector, Fatima al-Mohannadi said QRCS has family-size tents that accommodate 4-6 persons, as well as nonfood items such as kitchenware kits, hygiene kits, blankets, tarpaulins and house repair toolkits.
Dr Hassan al-Yafi, executive director at the QRCS Medical Affairs Division, said: "The largest in the Mena region, our field hospital is a 50-bed mobile health facility that comprises a set of tents, medical and nonmedical equipment, and well-trained personnel. It can be deployed within a few hours to provide emergency medical care for the affected populations. It can serve up to 800 patients per day and be used to support other health facilities.”
In the health education section, visitors received practical information on first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. QRCS medics also offered blood sugar and pressure tests for free.