QRCS opens two schools in Afghanistan’s Paktia province

 19 Oct 2016 - 1:01

QRCS opens two schools in  Afghanistan’s Paktia province
A child receives care at a health unit covered by a QRCS programme in Afghanistan.

The Peninsula

Doha: A delegation of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has visited Afghanistan to inaugurate a number of development projects completed by QRCS’s mission there over the past few months. The projects relate to education, water, and health care.
The delegation comprised Najlaa Al Haj, Head of International Development, and Said Tijani, Head of Asia Portfolio.
During the visit, meetings were held with representatives of partners like the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS), the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the Afghan Ministry of Health (MoH).
Also, the delegation visited Paktia province to open two new schools built as part of a programme to support education in remote areas of the country.
In partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Afghan Charitable Foundation, educational aid was distributed to several schools in Zurmat and Mirzaka Districts of Paktia.
The $376,780 aid included classroom tents, desks, seats, textbooks, stationery, and lighting for the two schools, which together have 2,868 students.
In Khost Province, the delegation visited two health care units covered by a programme to operate 100 health centres for two years, with a budget of $901,837.
In cooperation with MoH and ARCS, a number of health centres were furnished with medical and non-medical equipment. The medical and assistant staff and medications were also provided.
The centres offer primary health care to patients, referrals to nearby hospitals, and health education campaigns, with a total number of beneficiaries amounting to 249,600 patients.