Qatar Charity (QC) has co-ordinated with the Syria Vaccine Team to provide the Covid-19 vaccine to Syrian displaced in northern Syria through two primary healthcare centres operated by QC.
The first is the Al-Ra’i centre in the city of Al-Ra’i, north of Aleppo, while the second is the Ataa residential village dispensary in the Idlib countryside.
The two centres provide more than 625 doses of vaccine monthly to the displaced in northern Syria, QC has said in a statement, adding that the importance of this step to enhance the immunisation of society from the danger of the spread of the Covid-19 in northern Syria.
The vaccination process against Covid-19 is the result of fruitful co-operation between the Syria Vaccine Team and non-governmental organisations operating in northern Syria, where the Covax global initiative provides vaccines through Unicef while the World Health Organisation provides material and technical support.
The Syria Vaccine Team plans, implements and technically supervises the activities, while humanitarian organisations provide support and assistance by providing their hospitals and health centres.
Dr Amjad al-Tahan, co-ordinator of health programmes at Qatar Charity’s field office in Turkey, said: “Qatar Charity has worked since the first day to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic through the co-ordination of available resources with the World Health Organisation."
Dr al-Tahan added that by benefiting from the presence of QC, the experience of its cadres and the good infrastructure at its health centres, "we were able to provide a quality service that will have a great impact on the future of the health region".
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Qatar Charity has launched several projects in northern Syria to mitigate its impact on Syrian refugees. It has distributed personal protection means to health personnel, including masks, sterilisers, medical gloves and protective clothing in the first phase.
QC has also established 14 isolation units as part of the urgent response to the virus outbreak at an estimated cost of $1.6mn, and benefited about 3,000 camp residents in co-operation with the United Nations for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs.