QRCS treats 60 Afghan children with congenital heart defects [EN/AR] -Afghanistan

September 22, 2020 ― Doha: The Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) Representative Office in Afghanistan has completed Phase 3 of the Little Hearts program in the country, performing 60 catheterizations for children with congenital heart defects.

In cooperation with the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) and the Ministry of Health (MOH), the operations were carried out at Amiri Medical Complex and Global Hospital in Kabul.

The project aims to treat children born with serious heart problems and holes, with a particular focus on poor families who cannot afford treatment costs for their children. Catheterizations are carried out in hospitals and specialized centers sufficiently qualified and equipped to accommodate such operations.

To complete the humanitarian effect of the project, gifts and toys are distributed to the children to boost their morale before and after the intervention.

ARCS has set up a long-term program for this purpose, targeting partnerships and mobilizing resources to treat up to 7,000 children. Statistics show that one out of every 100 children in Afghanistan is born with heart problems, which means 128,000 nationwide. Most of them do not receive adequate medical care due to poverty and lack of intervention services and resources.

As part of its humanitarian mission and responsibility, QRCS contributed to the treatment of critical cases, at a total cost of $150,728, raised through donations from charitable donors in Qatar.

This is the third phase of the Little Hearts program in Afghanistan, which will be followed by other phases as part of a cooperation agreement with ARCS, which is responsible for selecting and contracting hospitals and centers host hearts.

Yar Mohamed, from Parwan province, is the father of a 13-year-old patient. He is a day laborer with too low an income. A week ago, they were informed of the date of their daughter’s operation. “We are so happy,” he said. “We are grateful to the people of Qatar for helping us. Thank you QRCS for organizing such operations for our children”.

The mother of Wazir Awam (9), a resident of Khost province, said her daughter was on the ARCS waiting list, just to be contacted last week to set the date for the operation . She warmly thanked QRCS and Qatar for sponsoring the operation, which would help the girl return to a normal life.

The same thing happened with Hekmatullah Qudratullah (7 years old), from Herat province, whose father works as a driver, but the money he earns is not enough to feed his family. The son had a sick heart and they sought treatment, but to no avail. A year ago, he registered his son at ARCS. Last week, he received a notification that an operation had been arranged for his son free of charge. He happily thanked QRCS and Qatar for saving his son’s life.

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About the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS)

Established in 1978, the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is a humanitarian volunteer organization that aims to assist and empower vulnerable people and communities without bias or discrimination.

The QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and 191 National Societies. The QRCS is also a member of several GCC, Arab and Islamic organizations, such as the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). In this legally recognized capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict areas, thereby serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian efforts – a role that sets it apart from other local charities and NGOs.

QRCS operates both locally and internationally and has ongoing international relief and development projects in a number of countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. QRCS humanitarian actions include support for disaster preparedness, disaster response, risk reduction and disaster recovery. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, healthcare and social development to local communities. She is also active on the humanitarian advocacy front. With the help of an extensive network of trained and committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity.

The QRCS works under the aegis of the seven international humanitarian principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.