April 26th, 2022 – Doha: The representation office of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) in Somalia is carrying out a project to operate two primary health care and reproductive health centers in Baidoa and Balaad, Middle Shabelle Region, southeastern Somalia.
Serving a population of up to 40,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees, the project has a total budget of QR 418,325.
The one-year project is aimed at improving public health and reducing mortality and morbidity rates in the target areas, as well as the neighboring districts. By securing medical staff, supplies, and solutions, the two health facilities are able to offer reproductive health and primary health care services free of charge to the poor patients in those areas.
The activities executed so far have included a field survey to identify the health centers most requiring support, in coordination with Somalia’s Ministry of Health (MOH). Based on the findings of field assessment and needs assessment, the Baidoa Health Center and Balaad Reproductive Health Center were selected. The latter had been in operation for years, but it was out of service due to lack of funding.
Then, a team from QRCS’s office visited the two health centers and met their doctors, nurses, and administrative staff. Actual work in the Baidoa Health Center began early in December, after all procedures were completed.
The medical and administrative staff of each center consist of one general practitioner (GP), pharmacist, qualified midwife, qualified nurse, assistant nurse, laboratory technician, cleaner, and security guard.
The services provided by the health facilities include primary health care (clinical examinations, medications, etc.), reproductive health (obstetrics and maternal and child health), minor operations (wound disinfection and simple suturing), and follow-up with chronic diseases.
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About Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS)
Established in 1978, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is a humanitarian volunteering organization that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without partiality or discrimination. QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which consists of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and 191 National Societies. QRCS is also a member of several GCC, Arab, and Islamic organizations, such as the Islamic Committee of International Crescent and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). In this legally recognized capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict zones, thus serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian efforts – a role that distinguishes it from other local charities and NGOs. QRCS operates both locally and internationally and has ongoing international relief and development projects in a number of countries throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe. QRCS’s humanitarian actions include providing support in disaster preparedness, disaster response, risk reduction, and disaster recovery. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, healthcare, and social development to local communities. It is also active at the humanitarian advocacy front. With the help of a vast network of trained, committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. QRCS works under the umbrella of the seven international humanitarian principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.