A high-profile delegation from Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has visited Turkey to hold talks with the Turkish Red Crescent and arrange for the deployment of medical aid to Sudan, under a tripartite agreement signed in June by QRCS and its Turkish and Sudanese counterparts.
QRCS’s delegation comprised Ali bin Hassan al-Hammadi, secretary-general; and Dr Fawzi Oussedik, head of International Relations and IHL.
At the Turkish Red Crescent, they met Dr Ibrahim Altan, director-general; and Alper Küçük, deputy director-general, to discuss further mutual humanitarian co-operation globally.
Then, they visited 16 social services centres of the Turkish Red Crescent, which have many capacity-building, socioeconomic empowerment, psychological support and logistics activities for Syrian refugees in Turkey.
Two batches of medical aid were deployed from Ankara to Khartoum, Sudan, to help the country to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. The visit concluded with a tour of the aid stock warehouses, emergency shelter tent production plants and museum of the Turkish Red Crescent in Ankara.
The QRCS delegation visited a number of places in Turkey.
The cargo was delivered at Khartoum International Airport, containing 12.5 tonnes of medical equipment and materials, to enable hospitals and quarantine centres to treat Covid-19 patients and ensure protection for the medical professionals engaged in the pandemic response.
Present upon the arrival of the cargo were al-Hammadi; Dr Oussedik; Naglaa al-Hajj, head of International Development at QRCS; Al-Fadel Amer al-Taher, chairman of the Steering Committee of the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS); Dr Afaf Ahmed Yahya, secretary-general of SRCS;
representatives of the embassy of Qatar in Khartoum; and director of the Office of Prof Al-Seddik Tawer Kafy, member of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan and Chairman of Higher Committee for Health Emergencies.
The QRCS delegation with other officials during the visit to Turkey.
In a statement, al-Hammadi said the visit was part of the permanent humanitarian co-operation between QRCS and SRCS in various areas of humanitarian action. “We are going not only to deliver the medical aid cargo, but also to distribute it to some beneficiary hospitals in different parts of the country,” he added.
Dr Yahya and al-Taher thanked the officials of QRCS and appreciated the partnership between the two national societies.
The aid will enable hospitals and quarantine centres to treat Covid-19 patients and ensure protection for the medical professionals engaged in the pandemic response.
Within the coming couple of days, the delegation is set to distribute in-kind donations to Bahari General Hospital and Ibrahim Malek General Hospital in Khartoum. Co-ordination meetings will be held, and field visits will be made to QRCS’s ongoing humanitarian operations in El-Obeid, the state of North Kurdufan, where more aid would be distributed and a new water and sanitation project would be launched.
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