Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support the United Nations 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan in Mosul, Iraq.
Under the agreement, QRCS will rehabilitate and operate Mosul General Hospital for eight months, serving the city's population of 500,000, as well as 100,000 indirect beneficiaries.
The agreement was signed by Misfer Hamad al-Shahwani, director of Development Projects at QFFD, and Youssef Abdullah al-Sada, executive director of QRCS.
In a statement, al-Shahwani stressed the “importance of the grant and its great compatibility with the interest of Qatar in improving the livelihoods of communities around the world”.
"QFFD pays great attention to health projects in order to promote the health and wellbeing of beneficiaries," said al-Shahwani. "In co-operation with Iraq's Ministry of Health and QRCS, this grant represents a renewed hope for the people of the city and its surrounding areas, serving up to 600,000 beneficiaries.
“This project will contribute to the development of the region and help the local community withstand difficult living conditions, by meeting a vital human need: healthcare.”
Al-Sada lauded the contribution from QFFD, saying it marks a new episode in Qatar's track record of helping the Iraqi people for years. “A key asset of this support is the strong, co-ordinated partnership between QFFD as a major donor and QRCS as a leading humanitarian provider in many crises.”
"This intervention is important as Mosul General Hospital is the only medical service provider in western Mosul (Wadi Hajar), offering primary and secondary healthcare for the districts and outskirts of the city," he added.
"In addition to reducing the morbidity and mortality rates, the project will encourage displaced households to return to their home districts, as all basic services will be available, particularly healthcare.”
According to the action plan, the QRCS mission in Iraq will co-ordinate with Iraq's Ministry of Health and Nineveh's Provincial Council to create a joint technical team, which will identify the damage on the hospital premises and the medicines, medical equipment and other supplies required.
At the same time, the provincial council and hospital's management will supervise the selection of medical professionals to be hired. Throughout the duration of the project, the plan will be subject to constant revision in order to make necessary corrections and adjustments wherever needed.