The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) have signed a grant agreement of 4 million Qatari Riyals, to deliver primary and secondary health care for the Rohingya people forced to move to Bangladesh, and to provide shelter for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Rakhine State, Myanmar.
The agreement was signed by Sultan Ahmed Al-Aseeri, Manager of Country Programs at QFFD, and Youssef Abdullah Al-Sada, Executive Director at QRCS.
In his remarks, Mr. Al-Aseeri, praised the effective role played by the State of Qatar: “The Rohingya refugees are suffering on a daily basis to reach the most basic means of living, as their lives are constantly threatened by poverty, hunger and disease. This support represents a new hope for them. Health care and shelter provision will ensure a long-lasting impact for those in need,”
“The health sector is considered as a priority for the Qatar Fund for Development, as it is one of the sustainable development goals.” said Mr. Al-Aseeri.
Mr. Al-Sada, deeply thanked QFFD for this generous support to QRCS’s relief efforts for the Rohingya people, both IDPs in Myanmar and refugees at Bangladesh border areas. “We have already worked together in response to the crisis, with $500,000 contribution from QFFD to offer life-saving shelter, food, nonfood, water, and sanitation aid,” he added.
“Again, I would like to stress the importance of our strategic partnership with QFFD, which reflects our government’s unquestionable support for the vulnerable and affected populations everywhere,” said Mr. Al-Sada. “The State of Qatar has always been, and will always remain, a staunch defender of human rights, diligently seeking the best interest of humanity. As an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its local and international humanitarian endeavors, QRCS is firmly committed to its mission of saving lives and preserving human dignity”.
Under the agreement, the relief program will be implemented to deliver Urgent shelter assistance for the displaced from in the Sittwe and Kyauktaw townships of the Rakhin region of Myanmar. The new shelters will help protect 6,720 direct beneficiaries, as well as 33,600 indirect beneficiaries, mainly women, children, elderly people, and the poorest households. In addition to that In cooperation with local partners and local community committees, standard shelters will be constructed in the Sittwe and Kyauktaw townships, to improve the living conditions at shelter camps.
As for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, The field hospital of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) at the Palong Khali camp, Cox’s Bazar, will be developed and operated to offer primary and secondary health care for around 800,000 refugees and host communities. in addition to replacement of international medical professional with local personnel. Also assignment of nine medical and administrative personnel from QRCS to supervise the project for one year; and qualifying 90 local medics through training workshops to run the medical facility.
An agreement will be signed with IFRC, the Finnish Red Cross, and Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) as funding and facilitation partners in the project. They will pay for the remuneration of the staff, replace the seven clinic tents with weather-proof, well-equipped metal caravans, with an overall area of 465 sqm and a capacity of 60 beds.