Qatar Red Crescent Society to mark World Humanitarian Day todayAdmin
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Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) will celebrate World Humanitarian Day today, when the world appreciates the heroic sacrifices of humanitarian workers, commemorates those killed while performing their professional and humanitarian duty.
Under the theme of ‘Providing Life-Saving Support during the Pandemic’, World Humanitarian Day comes as ongoing global efforts are exerted to fight the COVID-19 pandemic over the past months.
Relief workers are dealing with unprecedented challenges and hurdles to deliver humanitarian aid and services to the vulnerable around the world. Besides the risks to their safety and the safety of the beneficiaries, many vulnerable communities are economically affected by the lockdown.
As an active member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, QRCS serves a central mission of mobilizing the power of humanity for the best interest of the vulnerable everywhere.
It capitalises on fruitful partnerships with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and a network of National Societies in 192 countries.
In the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, QRCS has played a significant role, by supporting the efforts of the government and sectors of Qatar to contain the health and economic consequences, as well as helping many fellow National Societies to minimize its impact on the vulnerable segments of society.
Early in the crisis, QRCS launched a Volunteer for Qatar campaign, which recruited 13,800 young women and men to do many activities. These included guidance of consumers at shopping centers, management quarantine facilities, medical and logistic services, health education, psychological support, restoring family links, street disinfection, public hygiene inspection, distribution of masks and gloves to the public, and delivery of food baskets to the families affected by the lockdown.
Workers’ Health Centers continued to work as normal, and the fleet of ambulance vehicles was deployed to transport the infected cases. Two units were opened to do swabbing, in cooperation with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).
Medical professionals were stationed at the Mekaines quarantine camp 24/7 to provide a wide range of medical services for the inmates. At the QRCS Training and Development Center, dozens of courses and lectures were held for the medical workers and volunteers engaged in the operation, in addition to health education events for the public.