On the morning of August 16, 2018, the large portable multi-purpose medical unit donated by the RCSC was delivered at Damascus, Syria.
This unit consists of two medical buses and two ambulances, equipped with X-ray machine, B supersonic diagnostic set, defibrillator, remote diagnosis system and other devices, designed with portable medical and remote medical functions, enabling to provide local people with comprehensive health services such as basic medical treatment, surgery, physical examination, disease screening and inter-hospital transfer.
Two months ago, the portable medical unit sponsored by China departed from China and shipped to Latakia Port, Syria via Strait of Malacca, Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Suez Canal and Mediterranean Sea. "This route is an important part of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. We hope that the Belt and Road not only brings economic prosperity and trade development to the local people, but also becomes a universal fraternity road that transmits peace and friendship," Mr. Sun Shuopeng, the leader of RCSC project team, Vice Party Secretary and Vice President of CRCF, said on the handover ceremony.
"The medical unit designed with self-generated power system overcomes regional limitation as a portable comprehensive hospital. It will help Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society to provide basic medical safeguard to those most vulnerable and people in need of treatment," Mohamed Jala, Medical Service Director of Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society said.
Eng Boubatie, Chairman of Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society, Mr. Ma Xuliang, Political Counselor of Chinese Ambassador in Syria, Sayed Haham, Director of Middle East and North Africa Mission IFRC and mission representatives of various regions attended the ceremony. After the ceremony, Wang Qinglei, an engineer from Beiqi Foton Motor Co., Ltd., the donor of this unit trained Syrians how to use it.
This unit donated to Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society is one of tasks for the RCSC humanitarian aid team. In line with the RCSC's foreign aid deployment, the project team arrived Beirut and surveyed the humanitarian status of Syrian refugees in Lebanon on August 13. It's reported that over 1.2 million refugees flied to Lebanon due to the war in Syria. Chinese project team surveyed the Syrian refugee gathering community at Bekaa Valley twice. Upon the discussion with the Middle East and North Africa Mission Office of IFRC, Lebanese Red Cross Society and Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society, the RCSC will provide humanitarian aid in such aspects as hygienic water supply, photovoltaic power generation, medical and health care and winter materials. This is the first time for the RCSC to carry out comprehensive humanitarian aid project dedicated to refugee communities.
On August 15, the RCSC project held the inauguration ceremony of "China-Syria Fraternity Children's Prosthetic Rehabilitation Center" at Khotwa prosthetic recovery center in Damascus and the prosthetic recovery center of Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society Damascus Branch. The Chinese Red Cross Foundation initiated an Internet crowd-sourcing activity entitled "$1 aid to Syrian children". It will provide USD 100,000 to each center respectively used for humanitarian services such as installation, replacement and rehabilitation of prosthetic limbs, dedicated to mutilated Syrian children due to war and accidents.
Syrian humanitarian aid plan is one of series international aid projects under B&R Fraternity Fund initiated by Chinese Red Cross Foundation. In February 2017, in line with general deployment of OBOR construction and RCSC foreign assistance work arrangement, the CRCF established the B&R Fraternity Fund, dedicated to providing humanitarian services to OBOR Initiative, and providing aid for people in urgent need of humanitarian aid along the routes. This portable medical unit is donated by Beiqi Foton Motor Co., Ltd., shipped by China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company for free. All funds needed by China-Syria Fraternity Children’s Prosthetic Rehabilitation Center are crowd-sourced from Internet citizens. The humanitarian aid project dedicated to Syrian refugees in Lebanon is funded by the partners. It's reported that RMB 8 million will be invested to the RCSC Syrian Aid Phase I Project. (Photographer: Tao Ran)