Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) announced that it has provided hearing aid for the newborns in Gaza as part of a project of early detection and intervention for hearing impairment among newborns in Gaza, carried out by QRCS in cooperation with Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children and Emaar Association for Development and Rehabilitation, with a total cost of USD 378,000.

QRCS emphasized the importance of providing hearing aids for newborn children under this project, which supports Palestine's Ministry of Health (MOH) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in ensuring better services for those diagnosed with congenital hearing problems.

It added that this project is one of QRCS's priorities to provide a full package of quality services that include (1) early hearing tests for newborn children at MOH and UNRWA primary care centers, (2) a total of 4,242 advanced hearing tests for the diagnosed children at Atfaluna and Emaar, (3) provision of 466 hearing aids for 233 boys and girls, and (4) awareness and rehabilitation programs and home visits for the beneficiaries and their families.

QRCS had completed a project to furnish 10 audiometry units at MOH and UNRWA primary care centers, at a total cost of USD 269,120, which secured early hearing tests for 6,500 children.