QRC to hold fifth disaster control camp

January 08, 2014 - 6:17:10 am

Participants in a previous camp organised by QRC.

DOHA: Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) will organise its fifth disaster management camp from April 1 to 10 at Al Khor marina scout camp.

The event is being held in coordination with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, International Committee of the Red Cross, the UN,  GCC Secretariat General and governmental and non-governmental organisations in Qatar. 

The camp will have participants from more than 20 national societies in the GCC and Middle East and North Africa region and disaster management specialists.

Rashid bin Saad Al Mohannadi, Director of the camp, said the camp is effective not just at a national level but regionally as training is held in the Arabic language to engage the Qatari society and increase awareness of the importance of disaster preparedness.

Training will cover theoretical and practical aspects; the theoretical section will focus on international standards and concepts in disaster management such as psychological support, international humanitarian law, and restoring family links.

In the practical session, participants will be divided into evaluation and field coordination, health, water and sanitation, nutrition, accommodation, registration, logistics and media teams.

By the end of the camp, they will participate in a disaster response drill to be held in coordination with partners in Qatar. 

QRC organised four camps in 2006, 2007, 2012 and 2013 that produced hundreds of volunteers who were later instrumental in helping it respond to external disasters. The Peninsula

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