QRCS and KRCS supply cancer drugs to Ministry of Health in Gaza – Occupied Palestinian Territory


May 15, 2022 ― Doha: Iman (39) receives chemotherapy at the Palestine-Turkey Friendship Hospital in southern Gaza City as part of a joint Red Crescent Society project of Qatar (QRCS) and the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) to provide medicine to cancer patients in Gaza.

With a strong determination, she continues to spread a spirit of resilience in the face of the disease to other patients. Her peers and medical staff admire Iman’s energetic attitude and firm belief in her ability to recover from an illness that has plagued her for more than five years now.

“You can imagine how my life felt like it had come to a halt once I found out I had breast cancer,” Iman said, describing her experience with breast cancer. “A moment later, I decided to fight to overcome the disease. I am a math teacher and I have family responsibilities. I cannot let my children down now”.

She believes that cancer patients should continue to receive all treatments and endure pain, in order to survive and return to normal life.

Dr. Akram Nassar, head of the QRCS office in Gaza, said they would continue to provide drugs to cancer patients in Gaza. Under the project, a total of 19 types of chemotherapeutic, hormonal and analgesic drugs are procured.

Against the backdrop of difficult humanitarian and health conditions in Gaza, he added, the project would help alleviate the suffering of 8,644 patients, ease the burden on health service providers in hospitals and reduce referrals. treatment abroad.

The $800,000 project is co-funded by QRCS and KRCS (via Kuwait Finance House [KFH]) — $300,000 and $500,000 respectively.

Dr. Zikri Abu Qamar, Deputy Director General of Pharmacy at the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Gaza, commended the humanitarian interventions of the QRCS to support the health sector, especially with a persistent shortage of medical supplies for cancer. .

“Last year the shortage was 53%,” he revealed. “As a result, therapy courses have been discontinued for many patients. Thanks to cancer medical supplies from international organizations in Gaza, primarily QRCS and KRCS, the rate has fallen to 44%, with much-needed drugs and painkillers secured to ensure the continuity of vital medical services for patients.”

About the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS)

Established in 1978, the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is Qatar’s premier humanitarian and volunteer organization that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without bias or discrimination.

The QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and 192 National Societies. He is also a member of several GCC, Arab and Islamic organizations such as the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). In this legally recognized capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict areas, thereby serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian and social efforts – a role that sets it apart from other local charities and NGOs.

Locally and internationally, QRCS has relief and development operations in many countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Central and South America. Its humanitarian mandates include disaster preparedness, response, recovery and risk reduction. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, food, water, shelter and other needs of local communities. She is also active on the front lines of humanitarian diplomacy and advocacy.

With the help of an extensive network of trained and committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity, inspired by the seven fundamental principles of humanitarian action: humanity , impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

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