Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has implemented a Covid-19 response project in Mongolia with a view to supporting vulnerable families affected by the pandemic.
Co-implemented with the Mongolian Red Cross Society, the project is part of a large-scale programme to support coronavirus control efforts in 22 countries.
The $20,000 project involves providing shelter and non-food items for the poor families who lost their homes due to lack of income, amid the lockdown and precautionary measures.
The beneficiaries were selected by Mongolia’s Ministry of Labour and Social Protection.
According to progress reports, the contracted traditional shelters and the household items were purchased under a public tender and delivered in keeping with the announced specifications.
A total of 28 families, or around 200 people, benefited from the project in many parts of the country, including Ulaanbaatar city, Sukhbaatar province and Khentii province.
The beneficiaries who met the criteria include vulnerable households with disabled members, single elderly people, vulnerable households with more than four children, and single mothers with more than two children.
QRCS’s initiative to back the fellow national societies in 22 countries across six continents is aimed at protecting 320,000 people against the virus, with a total budget of QR2,236,827.
These countries are Palestine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Laos, Vanuatu, Ethiopia, Chad, Senegal, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Mali, Sierra Leone, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Venezuela, El Salvador, Peru and Panama.
The list of activities conducted by QRCS in support of those countries includes the provision of equipment and supplies for health facilities, provision of medicines and medical supplies, protection for medical professionals and volunteers, provision of food and shelter for families worst affected by loss of income, and provision of protective supplies (masks, gloves, sanitisers etc).