September 17, 2022 ― Doha: On Friday September 16, 2022, a medical delegation from the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) left Doha for Sudan, to carry out a general surgery and urology convoy to the Nyala Specialist Hospital in Nyala, South Darfur, nearly 900 km from Khartoum.
A team of doctors from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) volunteered for the mission: Dr. Abdullah Al-Nuaimi (consultant), Dr. Ahmed Hayati Mohamed Ahmed (consultant), Dr. Sohail Ahmed (consultant), Dr. Siddiq Mohieldin Siddiq ( consultant), and Dr. Jawhara Al-Qahtani (resident physician). They are accompanied by Dr Izzedeen Gaafar, Medical Convoy Program Coordinator at the QRCS International Relief and Development Division.
The eight-day medical convoy aims to provide medical assistance to relieve the suffering of patients and injured people in Darfur, reduce life-threatening risks resulting from lack of access to surgical services, ease the financial burden on poor families of patients, improve the performance of local healthcare professionals to help them provide better services and reduce wait times in the hospital’s surgical department.
According to the action plan of the $109,990 project, doctors will perform surgeries on 150 patients (65 men and 85 women) and they will examine and give medical consultations to 400 sick children, in cooperation with the Sudanese Crescent Society -Red (SRCS), the State Ministry of Health (MOH) and other relevant local authorities.
The QRCS representative office in Sudan has undertaken all the procedures for the procurement of medicines, surgical supplies and medical equipment for the operating rooms of the hospital. Before the start of the project, a medical survey was carried out by a specialist in general surgery and an assistant specialist to identify the most urgent cases.
Such medical convoys are much needed in Sudan, given the high poverty rates – 25% of the total population, half of whom live in extreme poverty. This means that most families of patients cannot afford surgeries in Sudan or abroad.
Many states lack specialized health facilities, which puts enormous pressure on those that already exist. Sometimes the lack of resources and well-trained doctors leads to inaccurate diagnoses. Also, most people are not aware enough to get patients to the hospital as soon as possible. All these basic reasons make surgical interventions inaccessible for the majority of patients in Sudan.
About Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS)
Founded in 1978, the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is Qatar’s premier humanitarian and volunteer organization that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without bias or discrimination.
The 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 192 National Societies. He 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 capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict areas, thereby serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian and social efforts – a role that sets it apart from other local charities and NGOs.
Locally and internationally, QRCS has relief and development operations in many countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Central and South America. Its humanitarian mandates include disaster preparedness, response, recovery and risk reduction. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, food, water, shelter and other needs of local communities. She is also active on the front lines of humanitarian diplomacy and advocacy.
With the help of an extensive network of trained and committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity, inspired by the seven fundamental principles of humanitarian action: humanity , impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.