We are entrusted with humanitarian message, action: QRCS president

We are entrusted with humanitarian message, action: QRCS president

Publication: qatar-tribune.com – English (English | Website)

President of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) Dr Mohamed bin Ghanem Al Ali Al Maadheed has stressed the importance of centering humanitarian action around the ultimate goal of alleviating the suffering of the vulnerable and serving those in need.
“We are entrusted with the humanitarian message and action, which requires effective and professional efforts,” he said at the third annual meeting of QRCS’ foreign offices held via videoconferencing technology.
Dr Maadheed, speaking on the sixth day of the meeting, noted the commitment of QRCS staff to the Red Cross and Red Crescent principles, to ensure independence of humanitarian action at all times. He appreciated the role of all QRCS staff and volunteers in all sectors, whether in the field or at headquarters, combined by institutional and benevolent bonds.
QRCS concluded the five-day annual meeting, which was extended for extra two days to engage many humanitarian partners in the discussions.
One day 2, Ibrahim Abdullah Al Dehaimi, general manager of the Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities (RACA), took part in coordination meetings. He praised the event as an opportunity to build the capacity of foreign personnel and develop institutional work. According to him, RACA seeks effective communication with humanitarian and nonprofit organisations to boost the leading position of Qatar’s humanitarian sector.
Representatives of QRCS’ foreign offices and RACA experts held workshops on governance, transparency, financial procedures and the regulatory guides and guidelines to reduce humanitarian risks.
Eng Ibrahim Abdullah Al Maliki, chief executive director of QRCS and acting director of Relief and International Development, commended the fruitful discussions among the participants. He urged the enforcement of updated regulatory guides and formulation of clear recommendations to overcome challenges and improve performance.
Ali bin Hassan Al Hammadi, secretary-general of QRCS, and Eng Maliki participated in sessions of Day 5, which discussed international relations and enhancement of mutual cooperation with components of the movement.
As a keynote speaker, Dr Hossam Elsharkawi, regional director of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) – MENA Region, called for closer communication and coordination with components of the movement to control the impact of emergencies, particularly the serious coronavirus pandemic.
Mohammed Mukhier, IFRC deputy regional director – Asia Pacific, said, “QRCS is an outstanding National Society that represents the spirit of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in humanitarian action in Qatar and globally, as manifested in direct cooperation in many countries.”
On Day 6, a session was held by Dr Abdul-Salam Al Qahtani, board member and general director of the Medical Affairs Division, who talked about the best medical and relief practices, reviewing the coronavirus response in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), such as Mekaines and other quarantine facilities, ambulance service and Workers’ Health Centers.
Hammadi and Eng Maliki discussed with the participating heads of foreign offices the results and recommendations to be implemented towards better work at all levels.
The last day of the event was dedicated to joint sessions with Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD).
Three sessions were held with specialists from QFFD departments, to talk about QFFD development and humanitarian priorities, as well as follow-up and evaluation steps for joint projects. The meeting concluded with a joint session with QFFD’s Compliance and Risk Sector to explain the applicable mechanisms, procedures, and models of compliance and risk management.

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