Hamad Medical Corporation grants staff from Somalia & Philippines leave to check on families

Published: 21 November 2013

21 November, 2013, Doha – Hamad Medical Corporation has granted an emergency leave to its Somali and Filipino staff who need to check on their families back home. The fundraising initiative was declared in an event supporting Qatar Solidarity Day with the People of Somalia and Philippine as part of the effort led by  Qatar Red Crescent and major charity organizations in Qatar to relieve the victims of the disasters in both contries.

The event was started with a written speech delivered by HMC’s Executive Director Mr. Ali Al Khater on behalf of HMC’s General Director, Dr. Hanan al-Kuwari.

In her written remarks to the staff, al-Kuwari said that HMC works relentlessly to meet both social and relief initiatives led by the State of Qatar to relieve the suffering of people around the globe with focus on the recent disasters that paralyzed lives in both counties.

Al-Kahtir pointed out that HMC works closely with all charities in Qatar to alleviate the suffering of Somalia and the Philippines whose expat communities had a great role in the development of Qatar.

Dr. Yusif Al-Moslimani, Medical Director,  Hamad General Hospital, said: “Today, Qatar  is mobilizing efforts to support the people of Somalia and the Philippines in coordination with all local charities.”

“Members of the Somali and Filipino community are an integral part of HMC’s workforce. We stand together to get over this harsh period. Therefore, HMC decided to give them vacations to check on their family members”, he added.

QRC’s Public Affairs Advisor Adel Al Baker also expressed his confidence in all supporters and charities that focus their work on the relief of vulnerable communities and humanitarian services. He highlighted the organizational side of relief campaigns and that the five committees that have been formed are working in an orchestrated manner to facilitate communications with donors and offices abroad”.

Qatar Relief Alliance encompasses Qatar's five major charities: Qatar Red Crescent (QRC), Sheikh Eid Charity, RAF Foundation, Al Asmakh Charity and Qatar Charity.

The charities launched Solidarity Day events to raise relief aid and donations for the victims of super typhoon and cyclone that struck the Philippines and Somalia.
The fund-raising events commenced at several locations including Hamad Medical Corporation, Villaggio and Landmark Malls with live broadcasting by AlRayaan TV, Qatar TV, AlJazeera Mubasher-live, Qatar Radio, Qatar Quran, and Sout AlKhaleej Radio.

The fundraising campaign caps Qatar's relief efforts for super typhoon affected provinces of the Philippines where around 3,982 people have been killed and Somalia's Puntland region where over 300 people are feared killed by cyclone and flooding that has left thousands of livestock dead.

About Qatar Red Crescent 

Established in 1978, the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRC) is a humanitarian charitable organization that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without partiality or discrimination. Based in Doha, Qatar, QRC 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 (IFRC) in Geneva as well as 188 national society for red cross or red crescent and the Intl. Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). QRC is also a member of several Gulf, Arabian and Islamic assemblies, such as: the Islamic Committee of International Crescent as well as the General Secretariat of Arab Organization of Red Crescent and Red Cross. In this legally recognized capacity QRC has access to disaster and conflict zones thus serves as an auxiliary to the state of Qatar in the area of humanitarian efforts, a role that distinguishes it from other local charity or philanthropic organisations.

Qatar Red Crescent works on assisting the vulnerable communities through disseminating humanitarian principles; preparing for and responding to disasters to mitigate their impact; providing medical services and healthcare to local communities. It has an on-going international relief and development projects in a number of countries throughout the Middle East, Asia and Africa, as well as Europe. With the help of a vast network of trained and committed staff and volunteers, its vision is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. Recognized for its long-standing, accomplishments, and credibility, QRC's Chairman Dr. Mohammed Al-Maadheed was elected as Vice President of the IFRC.

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