Qatar Charity (QC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Health Department of Somalia’s Banadir region to co-operate in delivering health care services in the region.
The MoU comes in support of the health sector's efforts in providing health services to the people in Banadir.
Abdinur Mursal, director of QC’s Somalia office; and Mohamed Mahmoud Addo, director of Health Department in Benadir Region, signed the MoU in the presence of officials from the two parties.
The agreement aims to enhance joint efforts in the health field, provide health and nutrition services, especially maternal and child care, for those in need, strengthen the health system, and improve the skills of health workers. It also seeks to implement joint action plans to carry out activities to fight infectious diseases and HIV.
On the sidelines of the signing ceremony, Addo lauded the co-operation with QC in the field of health, noting that the agreement contributes positively to helping needy people who cannot afford hospital costs. He also appreciated QC’s support for the Somali people.
Mursal underlined the importance of the MoU in establishing and consolidating partnerships with official authorities in the country, especially in the health sector, noting QC’s keenness to co-operate with Banadir Region and the concerned units in the fields of health, education, water and sanitation, relief, and family and child care.
“QC has always been striving to alleviate the suffering of the needy and the poor and to contribute to meeting the health and food needs of the vulnerable in all Somali regions,” said Mursal, adding that QC is considered to be one of the largest humanitarian organisations working in the country.
He said QC, with the support of philanthropists in Qatar, managed to build 10 health centres in Banadir region alone in the past period.
In 2019, QC signed a co-operation and partnership agreement with the Somali Ministry of Health and Human Services to ensure the effective participation of QC in health projects in accordance with the sectoral strategy and the ministry’s priorities.
The co-operation between the ministry and QC includes building and repairing health centres and hospitals, providing them with necessary medical equipment and ambulances, distributing medicines to them, and training medical staff in Somalia.