The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide support for the United Nations (UN) 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan in Mosul. On September 9th, 2018 Misfer Hamad Al-Shahwani, Director of Development Projects for the QFFD, and Youssef Abdullah Al-Sada, Executive Director for QRCS signed the agreement.
As part of the agreement, QRCS will rehabilitate and operate the Mosul General Hospital for eight months, in order to provide health care services for the city's 500,000 population, plus 100,000 other indirect beneficiaries.
Mr. Al-Shahwani highlighted the significance of the grant by commenting "In cooperation with Iraq's Ministry of Health and QRCS, this grant represents a renewed hope for the people of the city and its surrounding areas". He also added, "This project will contribute to the development of the region and help the local community to withstand difficult living conditions, by meeting a vital human need: health care".
Meanwhile, Mr. Al Sada highlighted the importance of this grant in terms of reducing mortality and morbidity rates in the area, whilst hoping the project encourages displaced citizens of Mosul to return home following the improvement in health care services available.
The QRCS's mission in Iraq will involve coordination with the Iraqi Minisrty of Health and Nineveh's Provincial Council. A joint technical team will be created to identify the extent of the damage to the hospitals infrastructure, medicines, medical equipment and any other required supplies. Meanwhile, the provincial council and hospital's management will oversee the recruitment of medical professionals which will be hired. Throughout the duration of the project, the plan will be under constant revision, to ensure any corrections or improvements are made.