December 12, 2021 – Doha: An official delegation from the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is visiting Jordan, composed of Ali bin Hassan Al-Hammadi, secretary general, Dr Fawzi Oussedik, responsible for international relations and of international humanitarian law, and Naglaa Al-Hajj, responsible for international development. They are accompanied by Dr Mohamed Al-Sousi, head of the QRCS representative mission in Jordan.
During a visit to the headquarters of the Jordanian Red Crescent Society (JNRCS), Mr. Al-Hammadi signed a cooperation agreement with Ing. Omar Abu-Goura, Vice-President of JNRCS, to launch a prosthesis project for the benefit of Syrian refugees with disabilities in Jordan. The project’s action plan is to provide upper and lower limb prostheses, mobility and accessibility aids, psychological support and physiotherapy for the beneficiaries.
In a statement, Al-Hammadi welcomed the signing of this agreement in the service of Jordanians and Syrians in Jordan, with its positive role in providing specialized medical services to those in need. He highlighted the strong relationship between Qatar and Jordan, with JNRCS being a strategic partner of QRCS in its humanitarian work in Jordan.
Dr Nehal Hefny, head of the delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Jordan, stressed the importance of the humanitarian partnership with QRCS and JNRCS and considered the signing of the agreement as a response to the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable groups in Jordan.
During the meeting, Mamdouh Al-Hadid, Deputy Secretary General and Head of Programs / Operations at JNRCS, revealed a new joint surgical program involving 420 surgeries for Syrian refugees and the vulnerable local community. He referred to recent maintenance work at JNRCS Hospital, funded by QRCS and other Movement partners, with the aim of improving the quality of health services provided to patients.
On the second day of the visit, the QRCS delegation attended the workshop on the Auxiliary Role of National Societies, jointly organized by JNRCS, QRCS and IFRC in Amman, Jordan, under the title “The Concept of Role auxiliary in the literature of the international community Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement ”.
Mr. Al-Hammadi delivered a speech at the workshop, in which he said: “With the increase in the number and scale of disasters and humanitarian crises around the world, the challenges and complexity of the Humanitarian action has also increased in an unprecedented manner. One of the main challenges is the blurred vision of the role of National Societies, which is to support States in their humanitarian, social and development policies / efforts. As a result, National Societies are either seen as politicized and affiliated with government, or subject to work and financial restrictions by local authorities ”.
“National Societies have a unique peculiarity,” explained Mr. Al-Hammadi. “They are global humanitarian organizations, which follow basic principles and rules that govern humanitarian action and ensure its independence, neutrality, dissociation from differences and political prejudices, and focus on people from across the country. whole world “.
He added, “We all believe in these ideals and we stick to them. This is exactly where we differentiate ourselves from other local, regional and international organizations from any other sector. On the other hand, as National Societies, we belong to our own nations, live in their territories and represent them in international humanitarian action and events. It is therefore our duty to respect their laws and public policies, to take their interests into account and to protect their reputation ”.
“So humanitarians are both local and global. They are independent but disciplined and committed. This is what National Societies really are and how they should be understood and treated by outsiders. Therefore, the misconceptions must be corrected, their history and their objectives popularized, their mission facilitated and they made it possible to do their job well ”, concluded Mr. Al-Hammadi.
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About the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS)
Established in 1978, the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is a humanitarian volunteer organization that aims to help and empower vulnerable people and communities without bias or discrimination.
QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes 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 organizations, Arab and Islamic, such as the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent and the Arab Organization of the Red Crescent and the Red Cross (ARCO). In this legally recognized capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict areas, thereby serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian efforts – a role that sets it apart from other local charities and NGOs.
QRCS operates both locally and internationally and has international relief and development projects underway in a number of countries across the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. QRCS humanitarian actions include support for disaster preparedness, disaster response, risk reduction and disaster recovery. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, health care and social development to local communities. She is also active on the humanitarian advocacy front. With the help of a vast network of trained and committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by harnessing the power of humanity.
QRCS works under the aegis of the seven international humanitarian principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.