QRCS launches fundraising drive to support coronavirus control efforts
April 14 2020 06:36 PM
QRCS secretary general Ali bin Hassan al-Hammadi
QRCS secretary general Ali bin Hassan al-Hammadi

Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched a fundraising campaign to combat the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), protect the medical and other professionals fighting the virus, and help the vulnerable families financially affected by the stay-at-home policy.

QRCS targets to raise QR11.3mn to implement a handful of projects towards the country’s goal of zero coronavirus infection. The two-month campaign is estimated to benefit more than 8,000 persons.

QRCS secretary general Ali bin Hassan al-Hammadi commented, “Over the past couple of months, we worked hard to curb the spread of the deadly virus. Our volunteers and medical personnel stood heroically in the face of risks. Working 24/7, they showed unrivaled dedication to their national and professional responsibility”.

“To build on the work already done, it is necessary to engage the community in supporting the brave organisations and persons as they deal with the pandemic,” said al-Hammadi. “Both the nationals and residents are called upon to return the favor and stand by our beloved country. We are confident that the people of Qatar are up to it. Giving generously, they always prove the fact that Qatar is the land of security and prosperity, caring for every life”.

He described the campaign as a “perfectly national initiative” to protect Qatar against coronavirus outbreak. It conforms to the principles of humanitarian advocacy and international epidemic control standards.

“QRCS adopts a strategy to attain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly ‘Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’,” he added.

Under approval No. 1038/2020 from the Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities (RACA), several projects will be executed in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), and Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC).

These include:

1.    Control of Coronavirus by providing health and psychological services for those at risk of infection at quarantine locations and by raising awareness of workers at health centers, companies and factories;

2.    Provision of health care and personal supplies for inmates and workers at quarantine locations (mattresses, blankets, clothes, and hygiene kits);

3.    Provision of psychological support for the quarantined persons to boost their morale throughout the isolation period;

4.    Provision of health protective supplies such as masks and sanitizers to ensure Coronavirus protection;

5.    Provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the volunteers and staff working at facilities or districts at risk of infection; and

6.    Provision of food meals for the workers and other vulnerable groups affected by stop of work and home quarantine.

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