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QRCS helps Palestinian refugees in Lebanon to limit COVID-19 impacts

QRCS helps Palestinian refugees in 
Lebanon to limit COVID-19 impacts

Tribune News Network
With funding from Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), the representation mission of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) in Lebanon has been supporting the emergency response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.
In coordination with the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and the Lebanese Red Cross (LRC), medical services and other needs are provided for those infected with the disease or financially affected by the crisis. So far, 19,700 food baskets and 1,000 family hygiene kits have been distributed at Wavel (Beqaa), Ein El-Hilweh and Mieh ou Mieh (Sidon), Nahr El-Bared, Baalbek and Burj Barajneh, bringing the total number of beneficiaries in the Palestinian camps to 98,500.
The distributions of hygiene kits are part of PRCS’ community awareness programme, which involves regular sessions focusing on mothers to educate them on how to sanitise the place and avoid the spread of infection. Also, there are doo-to-door awareness visits to maximise the outcomes of the hygiene kits.
Besides, 70 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) were procured to protect ambulance personnel, and protective items were delivered to 10 medical centres serving camp residents. These include 3,365 N-95 masks, 2,776 face masks, 10,000 disposable gowns, 3,500 glove boxes, 1,040 overhead boxes, 3,040 overshoe boxes and 50 digital thermometers.
The two LRC ambulance vehicles assigned for the project are operating inside the camps in response to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. The effort was recognised by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in a brief news as a first at Ein Al-Helwa Camp. A total of 150 cases have been transported during the period covered by the report. The delivery process is being finalised for the remaining medical equipment to support the isolation hospital.
In coordination with QFFD, QRCS’ mission is supervising all the project’s activities, together with PRCS and LRC, under a previously signed memorandum of understanding (MoU).
The project of Coronavirus control at Palestinian refugee camps is aimed at mitigating the spread of the disease and minimising secondary health impacts, by supporting health facilities to cope with the response to COVID-19 while keeping other health services running.
Targets of the project are 10 health centres, one quarantine hospital and ambulance vehicles to be utilised in patient transportation for the duration of the project. Also, the vulnerable communities are given advice to protect themselves through essential hygiene practices.
Another aspect of the QFFD-funded project is to mitigate the adverse economic impact of the lockdown by providing basic food assistance to 27,800 poor families in the Palestinian camps and communities in the South.
The total number of beneficiaries is estimated as 139,400, including 8,430 persons with special needs.