Assisting the people of Gaza with new projects in health and higher education

Published: 10 June 2013 14:47 CET

The Qatar Red Crescent Society, in collaboration with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, is launching 27 new projects, 19 of which provide services for the disabled, and 8 of which target higher education development in the Gaza Strip, with funding valued at 10 million US dollars.

Co-funded by the Qatar Red Crescent Society’s strategic partners – Fakhoora and the Islamic Development Bank, as part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Reconstruction of Gaza Program – the completed projects were officially inaugurated between 3 and 5 June 2013.

The range of projects is extensive. In the city of Khan Younis, the clinical rehabilitation department at Al Amal Hospital will benefit from a clinical rehabilitation department, the College of Ability Development will receive funding for upgrade and maintenance, and there is a project to equip and furnish a meeting room at the College of Science and Technology.

In Gaza, funding will provide a new physical therapy department at Ahly Arab hospital and a new specialist centre for the treatment of diabetes complications at Al Wafa hospital. At the University College of Applied Sciences, there are two projects: one to develop a physiotherapy department, and another to build and furnish a technical workshop. And last but not least, there is funding for a new Jerusalem (Al-Quds) Open University centre.

These projects will contribute significantly to alleviating the suffering of vulnerable Gazans, helping rehabilitate people with disabilities – one of the most marginalized groups in society – through the provision of high-quality services that help their social and economic integration.

The projects will also facilitate sustainable development and community empowerment through the development of higher education, helping to develop young Palestinians and enabling them to foster their creative abilities.

“We are delighted to be able to provide support to vulnerable groups, especially in the field of health and education empowerment in the areas of Gaza and Khan Younis, which urgently need the support of all international humanitarian organizations. On this occasion, I would like to commend all Qatar Red Crescent partners who have helped in the financing of these projects: Fakhoora Campaign, the Islamic Bank and our partners in the Palestinian Red Crescent Society,” said Mr Rashid Al Mahanadi, Director of the Qatar Red Crescent Society's Khor branch.