DOHA: Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has contributed $10,000 to efforts by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) to raise approximately CHF2.8m over nine months to combat the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa.
The aim of this appeal is to strengthen and scale up operations support, coordination, communication, capacity building, and preparedness for at risk countries in the region, and to prepare for the potential spread of Ebola to other countries in Africa and beyond.
To date, IFRC has launched seven appeals in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, and Cote d’Ivoire, targeting a total of CHF 4,483,095 (QR17,849,400) for 34.4 million people. The latest appeal is on a regional scale, targeting CHF2,893,667 (QR11,521,100), hopefully to help 32 million people.
In the same vein, QRC medical officials are currently preparing educational fliers in Arabic, English, and Urdu to inform Qatari nationals and residents about the nature and causes of Ebola and how to prevent it, particularly by maintaining personal hygiene and healthy practices.