Representatives of QRC and other organisations during the workshop.
DOHA: The Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) discussed the critical medical situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and came out with a set of recommendations at a workshop held at its headquarters recently.
Representatives of several of regional and local organisations working in the field took part in the meeting.
The workshop focused on the need for coordination and joint collaboration to cover the gaps that are not currently covered by international bodies, and reviewed the medical work carried out for Syrian refugees in Lebanon to date.
It also addressed the relationship with ICRC and UNHCR and their joint efforts with QRC for the implementation of medical projects
QRC representatives highlighted the importance of providing primary health care units and the necessity of the presence of a map outlining areas of primary health care, such as: awareness, vaccines and nutrition.
They have also suggested to include displaced Palestinians from Syria to Lebanon so that they can benefit from the medical services.
As future projects, the participants proposed to develop concepts and solutions including the establishment of a united medical fund.
They have also recommended the formation of a management committee with a supervisory role that meets regularly in order to review what has been implemented.
“We have engaged with the medical situation in Lebanon since the outbreak of the crisis with the help of several medical associations working with the wounded in Lebanon. One of the things that we have discussed is the establishment of a fund to treat the wounded according to specific clear mechanisms”, said Muhammad Al Najjar, Head of International Islamic Charitable Organisation’s overseas offices and field relief officer, Kuwait.
The workshop concluded with a set of recommendations including: establishing a fund comprising the Federation of Societies of Relief for the care of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the coalition of charities for the relief of displaced Syrians; conducting a study outlining health needs; preparing a paper on the achievements of the medical entities of Arab and Islamic countries with the participation of QRC and other actors; relying on clinics and medical units operated by Syrian doctors in Lebanon, taking advantage of their consultancy and therapeutic services; and finally preparing and sending a proposal to donors for their contributions and commitment to support the fund during the coming period.