The appeal was launched today at the Press Conference Presided by YM Tunku Tan Sri Dato’ Shahriman Tunku Sulaiman, the MRC National Chairman at MRC National Headquarters, Kuala Lumpur. As a partner in the Movement, the National Chairman announced that the Malaysian Red Crescent donated USD10, 000 to the Palestine Red Crescent Society special account in Ramallah Al Balad Branch, as an immediate response to the appeal. The funds will be used initially to finance the purchase of medicines, relief items and also for the Post Rehabilitation and Recovery projects. At the moment the PRCS spearheads emergency medical evacuations on the ground in Gaza and remains at its highest state of alert in the Occupied Territories.
The Malaysian Red Crescent will mobilize two Personnel in order to support the PRCS. They are one Medical Doctor – Dr. Hj Yahaya Abu Ahmad and Mr. Nasir Khan Abdul Rahman – Relief Personnel. Next team is ready to be deployed if the requirement or assistance required.
Currently, we are working closely with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to help in whatever way necessary.
Donors can sent cheques or cash to the following address:
Malaysian Red Crescent Society
32, Jalan Nipah off Jalan Ampang
55000 Kuala Lumpur
Cheques should be made out to the “MRCS International Relief Fund” written at the back GAZA CITY or bank in into MRCS Account Maybank No – 5144 2210 2657. Donations to the MRCS are entitled to Tax –Exemption.
Contribution to the humanitarian response:
ICRC is the lead agency and working closely with PRCS in emergency response in the field. Meanwhile, the ICRC’s team in the Gaza Strip – 9 expatriates and 65 Palestinian employees – is taking all possible measures to support the work of the PRCS in hospital and medical facilities.
In brief, the ICRC has provided:
- War Wounded Kits (10 kits for 100 wounded) covering the immediate needs of some 1,000 wounded
- Dressing kits (60 kits for 50 patients) covering the immediate needs of some 3,000 people
- Medical Supply (80 palettes including plaster of Paris kits, Infusion kits, Sutures kits, injection kits, gloves kits, anaesthesia kit, medical equipments – OT lamps, hospitals beds, instruments, autoclave, various infusions, injectables, urines bags and chest tubes.
- Supported the transport of 600 hundred blood units from Ramallah to Gaza
- Transferred to Gaza 5 ambulances donated by the Qatari Red Crescent for the PRCS
- Positioned in preparation to land attack:
– 2 war – wounded kits (100 patients ) in 2 hospitals in the South (1 in each facility)
– 1 war – wounded kits (100 patients ) within the ICRC residence
– Expect to send 2 war- wounded kits (100 patients/kits ) in the north
- Provided plastic sheeting to the Nasser pediatric hospital (Gaza City), Al Edwan, psychiatric and pediatric hospital in Gaza North, mattresses and beds to shifa hospital (20), bed sheets (160) to various hospitals and blankets to Ali Arab hospital.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society working round the clock providing extra staff to hospitals, while workers and volunteers have been helping to evacuate the dead and the wounded from damaged or destroyed buildings since the beginning of the Israeli offensive. Around 100 PRCS volunteers, 60 emergency medical technicians, 120 medical staff were actively involved to provide emergency care in the Gaza Strip. PRCS has established and operates six hospitals to provide services where the means are limited and the needs are great.
Seven National Societies (German Red Cross, Danish Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross, Norwegian Red Cross, Swedish Red Cross, Italian Red Cross and Qatari Red Cross) maintain representation in the West Bank and operate under the security framework of the ICRC.
The International Federation supports the Egyptian Red Crescent and develops together with it contingency planning regarding a potential massive influx of people across the border. ICRC will include the re-establishment of Restoring Family Links (RFL) component for those in needs.
Violations against PRCS and other Health Care Providers:
A PRCS volunteers, Arafa Abdul Dayem, was killed while on humanitarian duty, after an Israeli airstrike attacked a location in Al Salheen area in Jabaliya. The volunteer with other medical personnel from Al Awada hospital were trying to evacuate a number of injuries when a second airstrike hit the same location. Two other medical personnel were injured in this incident.
The Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS)
The Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) had its beginnings in 1948, and was formally authorized by statute under the Malaysian Red Cross Society (Incorporation) Act, 1965. MRCS is mandated by the Government of Malaysia to carry out humanitarian and relief activities, whether in peace or war.
As an auxiliary to the government, the body is committed to being in the frontlines to dispense aid, when ever or where ever distress may occur. MRCS is one of the 186 National Red Cross Red Crescent Society (NSs) throughout the world and is a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, founded in 1919 and is therefore a beneficiary of the Federation’s vast network of resources.
All Red Crescent disaster and humanitarian assistance are free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the public.
The Society’s mission does not end with the protection and preservation of life during catastrophes and tragedies. It is also concerned with other aspects of welfare of all communities especially under privileged, handicapped and other humanitarian works.
For further details please contact:
Suhana Mohamed Salleh
Malaysian Red Crescent
32, Jalan Nipah off Jalan Ampang
55000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 603 – 4257 8122 ext 106
Mobile: 012 – 321 2937
Fax : 603 – 4257 9867 / 4253 3191