The Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has initiated a new project to support a health centre in Halhul, a Palestinian city located in the southern West Bank, in co-operation with Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS).
Its purpose is to help the centre to provide high-quality medical services, reduce the referrals to Hebron hospitals by 30%, and reduce the cost by 30%.
Under the project, 38 medical and office equipment will be procured, turning the centre into a comprehensive health facility that operates departments of obstetrics, emergency and trauma, lab, radiology, pharmacy, and outpatient clinics.
Every year, the health centre serves up to 4,500 patients, a number likely to increase as the planned supplies are completed and new services are added.
Last year, a bilateral memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by QRCS and PRCS, which manages the health centre, to work together on all the administrative, technical, and contracting procedures.
Head of QRCS's representation office in the West Bank Zaina Hamoud said: "This project is aimed at bridging the gap in medical resources at the health centre, enabling it to serve more healthcare seekers who would formerly have to go to Hebron for treatment," said.
"We co-ordinate closely with PRCS to identify and meet the needs of the Palestinian medical sector, within the available resources," she emphasised.
Since its establishment in 2008, QRCS's representation mission in the West Bank has implemented numerous relief and humanitarian projects, covering a wide range of sectors, including water and sanitation, health care, infrastructure rehabilitation, and other development interventions that alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people.