Qatari Fund to treat injured Syrians in Jordan extended

[16-08-2015 01:17 PM]

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - The Qatari Fund for Treating Injured Syrians in Jordan will continue following a decision by the sponsor, Qatari charity alliance, to extend it until September to further support Syrian refugees amid their increasing medical needs due to the protracted Syrian conflict.

The fund was launched in October 2013 after a medical programme conducted by Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) in the first phase and together with Qatar Charity (QC) in the second.

The programme helped alleviate the suffering of injured Syrians moved to Jordan, which lacked sufficient medical capabilities, medicines and specialised doctors. The situation was worse with the destruction of most hospitals in southern Syria.

To deal with the situation, QRC, QC, Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah for Humanitarian Services (RAF) and Organisation of Islamic Call (Aldaawa) – Doha Office launched the fFund to provide medical care in severe cases of Syrians, mainly face and eye injuries, and those not covered by other relief organisations in Jordan.

QRC was assigned to manage the fund to which each of the three partners contributed QR1m.

In July, QRC signed a new agreement with Islamic Charity Center Society in Jordan to facilitate the fund’s referral procedures. Another deal was signed with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to treat renal failure cases in Zaatari refugee camp. QRC contracted four Jordanian hospitals to receive injured Syrians.

Until May, the project treated 513 injuries, mostly of children and women. Nonsurgical care was provided for 70 patients and surgeries totalled 831.

The fund also treated 60 Syrians who did not need surgical intervention. Other activities included medical examinations, consultations, prescriptions and follow-up. About 200 people benefited. The fund provided semi-regular dialysis sessions for 140 suffering from renal failure. It also covered caesarian section for Syrian refugees and preterm childbirth care, which are usually costly. A total of 194 cases were treated until May.

*The Peninsula

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