Qatar Charity and Orbis commit to future partnership at meeting with HRH The Countess of Wessex

Qatar Charity, and the international blindness prevention organisation Orbis, have committed to collaborating on future eye care projects during a meeting with Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex, Qatar Charity’s senior management team and representatives from Orbis. Her Royal Highness is currently in Doha visiting organisations who are championing eye care programmes, in support of the IAPB’s ‘2030 In Sight’ initiative. The campaign seeks to highlight the scale of avoidable blindness, and to promote a collaborative, global approach to ensuring eye care and rehabilitation facilities are available to everyone who needs them, wherever they are in the world. There are 338 million people globally who are blind or are living with moderate-to-severe visual impairment, yet 77% of this is avoidable. With the pandemic, the ability to treat people has slowed, creating a backlog of vital eye treatments and surgeries. The medical community has adapted and support for services is more crucial now than ever before to ensure that no one goes needlessly blind. Orbis has been transforming lives through the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness for nearly four decades. With a close network of partners, they mentor and train local eye care teams – from community workers to doctors and nurses – so that they can save and restore vision in their communities. Orbis and Qatar Charity have collaborated on a previous successful programme delivering eye care initiatives in Bangladesh, thanks to the generosity of donors from across the country. As a result, between 2015 and 2020, more than a million people accessed eye health facilities to receive the eye tests or treatments they needed, 21 new cataract surgeons received training and nurses also completed almost a hundred trainings in clinical, nursing and training management. This led to the number of surgeries performed each year increasing, totalling more than 48,000. Moving forwards, Qatar Charity and Orbis are looking to work together once again. The new fundraising campaign will support Orbis and partners to ensure the local host population and the Rohingya community in South-East Bangladesh have continued access to eye care. Plans are for 250 frontline health workers and 22 community eye health leaders to be equipped, trained and supported and teams to carry out 140,500 screenings, leading to 13,000 treatments over the next two years. Qatar Charity’s CEO, Mr Yousef bin Ahmed AlKuwari said: “Qatar Charity and Orbis have built a solid partnership in support of eye health care for marginalised and vulnerable populations. Today, we look forward to building on a successful track record with Orbis and expand our cooperation to more hard-to-reach areas to ensure a sustainable, inclusive, quality vision care for all”. Rebecca Cronin, Orbis UK CEO said: “Our previous programme with Qatar Charity provided so many with access to quality eye care services. Without treatments, people’s livelihoods and educations can be in jeopardy. With this new programme, we can continue working with our partners to provide care to many people who have never had access to eye health before. We’re thankful for Qatar Charity’s continued passion to support our work to bring services closer to home for those who need it most.” During the meeting, Qatar Charity also discussed with The Countess, the many development areas they support in addition to eye care, including their work in Afghanistan and their Sport for Peace initiative.


Qatar Charity and UNHCR sign agreement to support internally displaced people in Yemen
Qatar Charity (QC) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, signed an agreement worth more than 1.8 million Qatari Riyals to support internally displaced people in Marib, Yemen. Due to this contribution, UNHCR will provide urgent assistance to more than 2,000 internally displaced families (approximately 12,252 individuals), through the distribution of relief items which includes blankets, kitchen sets, and solar lamps. Mr. Nawaf Abdullah al-Hammadi, CEO's assistant for the International Operations and Programs sector at Qatar Charity, emphasized QC’s commitment towards providing continuous support to UNHCR’s operations. “We are proud of our long-lasting partnership with UNHCR, and we strive to support its efforts in responding to the existing humanitarian needs of displaced Yemenis,” al-Hammadi said. UNHCR’s Representative in Qatar, Ayat El Dewary, lauded the generous contribution and the pioneering humanitarian role of Qatar Charity, which is reflected in its continuous support to UNHCR and its humanitarian response in Yemen. “We deeply thank and appreciate Qatar Charity for the vital contribution, which will have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of internally displaced Yemenis, who rely on humanitarian assistance to alleviate their suffering and improve their living conditions,” El Dewary stated. After more than six years of the conflict’s outbreak in Yemen, it remains the largest humanitarian crisis in the world with over 20 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, and 5 million people on the brink of famine. According to the latest statistics, there are more than 4 million internally displaced Yemenis, and nearly 40,000 people who have been forced to flee in Marib since September. This represents almost 70% of all displacements in this south-eastern governorate since the beginning of the year. Marib now hosts half of the estimated 120,000 newly displaced countrywide in 2021. This contribution will support UNHCR’s efforts in the humanitarian response in Yemen. In light of this protracted humanitarian crisis and new displacements in Yemen, needs such as, shelter, essential household items, water and sanitation, education, and protection services, continue to be exacerbated, in addition to other daily challenges of displacement.
05/01/2022 More details  
UN Special Rapporteur praises Qatar Charity’s humanitarian efforts for Rohingyas
Mr. Thomas H. Andrews, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, praised the efforts that Qatar Charity makes in support of the Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh, expressing his satisfaction with the activities held by Qatar Charity for the benefit of the refugees. This came during a visit paid by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar to Qatar Charity’s food distribution center in Bhasan Char, a remote Bay of Bengal Island in the Noakhali District of Bangladesh. He learnt about Qatar Charity’s the food distribution system and complaint response mechanism. Qatar Charity has recently provided food relief to 11,250 Rohingya refugees in Bhasan Char. The food packages, which were distributed by Qatar Charity’s field team in the presence of the concerned government officials, included rice, pulses, oil, salt, sugar, onion, garlic, ginger, spices, dried fish, and potatoes. Suprabhat Chakma, the camp in-charge in Bhasan Char, said Qatar Charity has been carrying out highly commendable humanitarian work in the island where nearly 20,000 Rohingyas have been shifted here from Cox’s Bazar. The refugees expressed delight with the relief assistance provided by Qatar Charity, noting that its assistance help them meet their families’ needs. It is worth mentioning that Qatar Charity has provided food relief in many phases in Bhasan Char, benefiting nearly 35,000 individuals till this month.
02/01/2022 More details  

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