QRC Finalizes Field Humanitarian Needs Assessment in Preparation for Relief Projects in Central African Republic
As the first Arab humanitarian organization to reach the distressed regions, Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) mission to the Central African Republic made a report on its one-week visit to assess humanitarian needs and identify areas of intervention.
The QRC team held several work meetings to share information and coordinate efforts with concerned parties, notably the Central African Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Oxfam International, and the delegate of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). There are attempts to enter into partnerships for this purpose.
Through field assessment of conditions on the ground, the humanitarian situation turned out to be extremely critical, including widespread malaria and measles and, alarmingly, scattered cholera; scarce trained medical workers in hospitals and emergency mobile clinics; sheltering shortage particularly in southern parts; and bad weather in some areas, which hinders geographical expansion of relief.
The QRC team prepared a draft cooperation agreement with the Central African Red Cross, awaiting endorsement to come into force as a legal framework for implementation of QRC projects in the country. Under the agreement, QRC will open a resident office there to recruit well-trained coordinators and technicians and manage the funds allocated for the urgent relief programme.
In addition, a plan was suggested to send surgical teams from QRC, Arab Medical Union, and Doctors Without Borders (MSF), in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO) and ICRC, to operate healthcare centers in evacuation regions. Also, there will be coordination with Oxfam in relation to sheltering, water, and sanitation.
These efforts were initiated in response to the humanitarian appeals issued by UN agencies and IFRC to help the populations affected by the political unrest in Central Africa. On March 19th, QRC issued an emergency appeal, followed by a donation campaign targeting QR 5,000,000, with a QR 2,920,000 contribution from QRC’s Disaster Management Fund, to provide food and nonfood assistance, sheltering, healthcare, and water and sanitation services for 30,000 people, out of more than 650,000 displaced people. The first stage of the campaign will last for six months.
During the press conference held to announce the launch of the campaign, Saleh Bin Ali Al-Mohannadi, Secretary-General of QRC, urged all institutional donors and kindhearted individuals to lend a hand and donate as much as they can to mitigate the suffering of innocent civilians, children, women, and elderlies in Central Africa and save them from homelessness and life-threatening conditions.
It is not something new that Qatari citizens are known for generosity and support to vulnerable people, as well as their heartfelt willingness to help any anguished victim around the world.’