Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has outlined a plan to expand its annual programme of medical convoys, which provide healthcare for poor patients in affected or underserved communities.

By the donations of charity givers in Qatar, delegations of physicians, surgeons and medical assistants are sent by QRCS to poor countries, where they treat poor patients, perform surgeries in many specialisations and provide in-service training for medical personnel.

Also, QRCS procures surgical equipment and consumables for the host hospitals.

During 2019, QRCS deployed 10 medical convoys, providing treatment for 7,645 patients in orthopaedics, cardiac catheterisation for children, general surgery, urology, ENT, treatment of eye disease and anti-blindness interventions.

Costing a total of QR3,389,396, these achievements were made in the West Bank, Gaza (two times), Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Turkey (two times) and Sudan (three times).

This year, there are plans to deploy 26 medical convoys to 10 countries (Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Mauritania, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey, Palestine, Lebanon and Bangladesh. In total, over 14,000 patients will undergo surgical procedures in cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, fistula, eye treatment and anti-blindness, general surgery, urology, cardiothoracic surgery, ENT, plastic surgery and orthopaedics.

Other operations will include cardiac catheterisations for children and adults, as well as GP consultations.

In Ethiopia, two medical convoys will be deployed, one to treat 100 children with cleft lips/palates (QR365,000), while the other to treat anal fistula among 50 newly delivering mothers (QR1,825,000).

In Afghanistan, two medical convoys will be deployed: one will perform eye surgeries and provide medications and eyeglasses for 500 patients (QR250,000), and the other one will perform cardiac catheterisations for 230 children born with heart defects (QR2,300,000).

In Sudan, there will be seven medical convoys, including four for performing eye surgeries and securing medications and eyeglasses for 1,000 patients in West Darfur, South Kordofan, and Kassala States (QR1mn).

The remaining three will be as follows: one for performing general and urology surgeries for 100 patients (QR350,000), another for offering GP consultations for 400 patients in south Kordofan (QR200,000), and a third one performing for general surgery 100 patients in South Kordofan (QR350,000).

In Mauritania, there will be deployed two medical convoys, one to perform cardiac catheterisations for 70 children with congenital heart defects (QR700,000), and the other to perform cardiac catheterisations for 50 adult patients (QR 500,000).

In Iraq, a medical convoy will be deployed to perform general surgeries for 240 patients, at a cost of QR552,000. In Pakistan, a medical convoy costing QR300,000 will perform thoracic surgeries for 100 patients.

Turkey will host five medical convoys as follows: urology and ENT for 300 Syrians (QR547,500); urology, plastic surgery and general surgery for 200 Syrians (QR550,000); cardiac catheterisations for 100 Syrians (QR500,000); and urology, cardiology, eye and orthopaedics for 50 Syrians ($1,297,750).

In Palestine, QRCS will deploy three medical convoys: cleft lip and cleft palate surgery for 65 children at the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) hospital in Hebron (QR340,837); another one in urology for 50 patients (QR340,837); and support of specialised surgical procedures applied at Palestine’s

hospitals, for the benefit of 200 patients (QR730,000).

"When moving to Lebanon, we will see on the agenda a medical convoy to perform eye surgeries and distribute treatment and eyeglasses to 10,000 patients (QR5,292,500). Finally, a medical convoy will perform cardiac catheterisations for 80 children suffering heart issues. These interventions will cost a total of QR800,000," QRCS said.

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