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QRCS team examines humanitarian conditions in Myanmar

QRCS team examines humanitarian conditions in Myanmar


Tribune News Network
Doha
Qatar Red Crescent Society's (QRCS) assessment team has examined the humanitarian and medical conditions in Myanmar. The team, which returned to Doha on Monday, examined different sectors in that country, including health care, water and sanitation.
It evaluated the QRCS's mobile clinics programme, launched in 2013, following clashes in the Rakhine state.
Over a week, the team observed the shelter, sewage and water supply conditions in camps and towns. They met the affected families in four towns and four camps.
They held seven focus group discussions in six target districts with the local community and camp management committees. They were helped by interpreters from Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS).
To ensure non-duplication and coordination with local and international partners, it held coordination meetings with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and the Department of Health in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine.
The team delivered a power generator to MRCS as a contribution from QRCS to build capacity of its host counterpart in catering to the needs of the beneficiaries.
Based on the assessment, the current humanitarian needs include shelter solutions, extension of health care services and capacity-building for the local community, especially as the monsoon season is approaching.
Another aspect of intervention is the livelihood support to enable the affected population to lead a normal life. QRCS is developing a strategy to improve its humanitarian services there.
QRCS's mission in Myanmar was opened in 2012 to help the victims of conflict in Rakhine, which displaced 140,000 people, 118,000 of whom still live in 39 substandard camps.
Over three years, 84,000 people benefited from QRCS's relief programme, which included building 480 temporary houses with 60 water pumps and 180 toilets, with more 60 pumps installed in nearby towns.
QRCS also established 670 income-generation projects in Sittwe. Three mobile clinics continue to serve the camps and adjacent towns.

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