The Qatar-based relief team has responded to challenges imposed on Palestinians by the pandemic.
Humanitarian projects worth more than $1,348,118 (QR4.9mil) have been completed by Qatar Red Crescent Society [QRCS] in several Palestinian territories, the organisation said.
The projects, in collaboration with the Palestine Red Crescent Society, benefited more than 68,800 people, QRCS said.
One of the projects helped distribute food packages among 3,780 families, which equated to at least 18,900 individuals. The move was a response to increasing demands for food supplies, which has been exacerbated by rising unemployment amid the ongoing pandemic.
Another project involved the distribution of red meats worth a total of $214,131, which helped feed 8,460 Palestinian families in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Additionally, as part of its relief projects, QRCS distributed essential supplies to 1,332 Palestinian families.
This included a two-month supply of oil, rice, canned food and flour among other necessities. The Qatari organisation also provided heaters, gas cylinders, mattresses, carpets and blankets as Palestinians across the country anticipate a cold winter season.
“We hope that this support continues in order to complete postponed projects. We are certain that our brothers and officials from the Qatar Red Crescent Society are keen on supporting our projects and Jerusalem’s projects, as it is part of their permanent mission,” said Dr. Abdullah Sabri, CEO of the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) Hospital.
QRCS has also made contributions to the Palestinian health sector.
The organisation provided its Palestinian counterpart medical equipment while overseeing the maintenance of surgical and sanitation units at the PRCS Hospital.
The initiative, worth $511,300, also enabled the QRCS team to fully upgrade the hospital’s electrical grid, build an elevator connected to both units, while providing the surgical unit with 11 electronic medical equipment.
All contributions towards the hospital are set to annually benefit at least 1,000 patients, while expanding its capacity to provide medical services to the people of Jerusalem. With the resources provided, the hospital will obtain its required licenses to carry on with its medical services.
Commenting on the QRCS contributions towards the health sector, Dr. Sabri commended the efforts made by the relief team, stressing the need to support the PRCS Hospital in order to maintain its ability to provide health support and keep it at the forefront of treating people within Jerusalem.
According to QRCS, more projects amounting to $10,941,759 are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The scheduled projects include completing the second phase of its previous initiative to repair the Al-Makassed Islamic Charitable Hospital in Jerusalem.
Additionally, QRCS are set to provide Palestinian hospitals with ambulances and drugs that will help treat cancer patients at the Augusta Victoria Hospital in east Jerusalem.