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Qatar fund for treating Syrian refugees extends project in Jordan

By Muath Freij - Mar 23,2014 - Last updated at Mar 23,2014

AMMAN — The Qatari Fund for the Treatment of Wounded Syrians in Jordanian Hospitals on Sunday announced that it would extend medical assistance for Syrian refugees in the Kingdom. 

The project, which began providing medical support in November 2013, will implement its second phase over the next six months, Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) Secretary General Saleh Bin Ali Al Mohannadi said.

“After we found out about the medical needs of the refugees following our field work, we decided to organise this project in the Kingdom,” he told reporters at a press conference in Amman.

“More than 275 refugees have benefited from the project’s medical services since its launch,” Mohannadi added. 

The beneficiaries were aged between four and 50 years. 

The project is implemented by four Qatari charitable societies: Sheikh Thani Bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF), Qatar Charity, the Organisation of Islamic Call and the QRC.  

The first phase of the project, which was launched in mid-2013, cost $1,089,317, while the second phase will cost $1,650,000, according to a QRC statement.

The cost of medical assistance for each patient is $4,500, according to figures shown in a short video screened during the press conference.

Of the total surgeries the project has covered, 45 per cent were eye operations, according to the video.    

The project also works with six Jordanian hospitals to treat refugees.

“The medical services we provide cover critical cases, including eye, head and spinal surgeries,” Mohannadi added. 

Hammad Al Fadani, the director of the Organisation of Islamic Call’s Qatar office, said the project covers the medical treatment of cases that have not been supported through other relief organisations.

Ayed Bin Dabsan Al Qahtani, general manager and chairman of RAF board of trustees, said this project is only an example of the support the Qatari people provide for Syrian refugees. 

The project has entrusted the QRC with implementing the initiative because of its experience in providing medical services and assistance in accordance with international standards, Mohannadi said.

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