Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has received QR1 million as donation from Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani, in support of QRCS’s relentless efforts to enhance the medical sector in Syria and provide treatment for thousands of patients and victims of the Syrian crisis.

The donation will go to a project of rebuilding, equipping, and operating the health care centre of Darkush. The project will serve 70,000 inhabitants as well as the displaced people from Lattakia and Aleppo. This number is expected to rise as the clashes are escalating and catalyse a wave of forced migration.

The purposes of the project are to offer primary health care for the host community and evacuees, promote health awareness, reduce communicable diseases through early diagnosis and medication, and vaccination of children in partnership with peers.

Under the project, the outpatient centre of Darkush will be rehabilitated into a standard primary health care facility with a wide range of specialties (paediatrics, internal medicine, gynaecology and obstetrics, dentistry, dermatology, general surgery, orthopaedics, dressing, and laboratory).

A bilateral agreement was signed with the local authorities to license the centre, and another with the local partner to avoid duplication of efforts and ensure integration of health services. Accordingly, QRCS will offer primary health care, while the partner will provide secondary health care.

Also, QRCS will undertake the logistical tasks of rehabilitating the building and infrastructure, connecting the water/power supply and sewerage system, procuring the medical/stationery supplies, furnishing and installing the equipment, securing the medications, hiring and training the medical and administrative staff, and coordinating with the local and international medical institutions working there.

This project comes in response to the critical humanitarian situation in the area, which weighed heavily on the medical sector. There is no primary health care in the district, and the nearest one is in Al Janudiyah, 12 km away. More and more people are fleeing Aleppo city and countryside as a result of the fighting.

Most health facilities of the area are out of service, either due to lack of funding or direct bombing. Transportation to farther towns is too difficult and risky compared to Darkush, which is the area’s largest and safest town.

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