QA, UNHCR join hands to deliver humanitarian aid Jun 01, 2020 0 5856 12345 Tribune News NetworkDohaQatar Airways has announced a two-year partnership with UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, to deliver humanitarian relief and assistance to the displaced globally.The partnership, which is a first between both the organisations, will involve a strategic collaboration whereby Qatar Airways will provide support with the delivery of crucial aid supplies to those most in need during these unprecedented times.The agreement, which was signed in Doha on May 19, is an important synergy between Qatar Airways and UNHCR and a clear response to the current challenges that are presented by COVID-19.The partnership, which will be effective through to May 2022, will see UNHCR work closely with Qatar Airways to utilise the airline’s hub-and-spoke network out of Hamad International Airport in Doha. By having access to a fleet of more than 200 aircraft, UNHCR will be able to deliver lifesaving support including water, medical care and hygiene materials to keep refugees, internally displaced people and host community members safe around the world.Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said, “We are incredibly proud to join efforts with UNHCR to provide relief aid to people and communities most in need. By having a robust international network, we are pleased to be able to give a helping hand to support this great cause. During this crisis, we have worked closely with governments and NGOs to prioritise the shipment of medical and aid supplies transporting over 175,000 tonnes, the equivalent of approximately 1,750 fully loaded Boeing 777 freighters.”“We are committed to making a difference and by working together, we are confident we will overcome the current adversities with strength, solidarity and resilience.”Speaking about the current challenges presented, Khaled Khalifa, Senior Advisor and Representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries at UNHCR, said: “As the COVID-19 continues to take the world captive, we never imagined the magnitude its impact would have, or just how many lives it would touch. Our primary focus at UNHCR is to safeguard the rights and well-being of the most marginalised and vulnerable members of society. It is times like these when we must take action and strive to find lasting solutions which is why our partnership with Qatar Airways is crucial. With limited access to water, sanitation systems and health facilities, refugees are particularly at risk right now and that is why we are developing key responses to mitigate these challenges, alongside our respected partners Qatar Airways. Together, we must drive action.”Qatar Airways Cargo flies to several international destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, The Americas, and Oceania from its base at Hamad International Airport and its global network will support UNHCR in reaching an extensive network of vulnerable groups of people. The airline will provide air cargo services for up to 400,000 kgs of essential supplies, which will be distributed to UNHCR operations worldwide.During this time of crisis, Qatar Airways Cargo has significantly increased operations to support global trade and the transport of essential supplies and relief goods to impacted regions. The airline’s freight division continues to operate a significant cargo schedule with approximately 180 cargo flights per day. In addition to operating scheduled freighters and belly-hold passenger flights, the cargo carrier is also utilising passenger aircraft to carry freight only and operating special freight charters to maintain vital global supply chains. RELATED ARTICLES Amir issues law regulating public-pvt sector partnership Jun 01, 2020 0 4347 Fuel prices remain unchanged Jun 01, 2020 0 5764 UN chief thanks Amir for Qatar’s support during COVID-19 crisis Jun 01, 2020 0 5497 Only 3-4% COVID-19 cases are children: Al Sadd PEC QNA Doha Since being designated a COVID-19 facility for the treatment of children at the start of April, Hamad Medical Corporation’s Al Sadd Pediatric Emergency Center (PEC) has provided high-quality care for children .. 4,451 more recover from virus The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced the registration of 1,648 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), with 4,451 people having recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recovered .. 4,275 rights violations by siege countries: NHRC QNA Doha The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has published a book entitled “3 years since the blockade of Qatar”, highlighting the unilateral coercive measures taken by the blockading countries against Qatar .. New PPP law will enhance private sector’s role in major projects: QC QNA Doha Qatar Chamber (QC) Chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohammad Al Thani has underlined that the law regulating the partnership between the government and private sectors, which was issued by His Highness ..