December 27, 2021 – Doha: As part of its interventions to support the health sector in Gaza, the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has supplied the Deir Al-Balah Health Center, which is affiliated to the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), with solar power, through a project to secure renewable energies for the PRCS health center in Deir Al-Balah in Gaza. Regarding the importance of the project, Dr. Akram Nassar, head of the QRCS Representative Office in Gaza, reported that the Gaza governorates suffered from power outages that threatened patient health for over 12 hours a day.
The seven-month project included the installation of 130 solar panels to generate 58 kW of electricity and thus ensure an uninterrupted supply of the public.
Closely. Sufian Zidane, director of the PRCS chapter in central Gaza, praised the new solar project as the center cares for around 4,700 patients a month.
The energy generated by the project will meet 90% of the electricity needs of the centre’s facilities, mainly the emergency departments, radiology and specialty clinics that have ceased operations due to power outages. In addition, the new project will reduce fuel emissions from power generators, which were harmful to residents around the center.
QRCS has already carried out renewable energy projects to ensure continuity of services to the people of Gaza. This included a local university and many homes for poor families on the other side of the blockade. A similar project is currently underway to supply three wells with solar power.
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About Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS)
Founded in 1978, the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is a humanitarian volunteer organization that aims to support and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without bias or discrimination.
QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which consists of the International Federation of 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 the International Crescent and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). In this legally recognized function, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict areas and thus serves 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 aid and development projects in a number of countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. QRCS’s humanitarian operations include assistance with disaster risk reduction, disaster relief, risk reduction and disaster recovery. To mitigate the effects of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, health care and social development to local communities. It is also active in the advocacy of humanitarian interests. With the help of a huge network of trained, dedicated staff and volunteers, QRCS aims 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.