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QRCS Trains CHS Students in Humanitarian Action
Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has held a basic disaster management course for Master's students of the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies' Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS), to provide them with basic skills of humanitarian action in conflict and disaster zones. Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has held a basic disaster management course for Master's students of the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies' Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS), to provide them with basic skills of humanitarian action in conflict and disaster zones. The course was taught by seven relief experts and volunteers of QRCS, for the benefit of 24 Master's students of 20 nationalities, as part of their academic study, and under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between QRCS and the Doha Institute in relation to training, exchange of experience, and joint research projects. During the course, the students received theoretical and practical training in disaster management, discussing relevant topics like risk analysis, shelter, assessment and follow-up, and real-world experience from QRCS's offices in Turkey and Iraq. In his opening speech, Dr. Khaled Diab, Director of QRCS Relief and International Development Department, welcomed the trainees and introduced them to QRCS's history and strategy, its local and international track record, mechanisms and challenges of humanitarian action, and lessons learnt from his personal career. Professor Sultan Barakat, Founding Director of CHS, underscored the partnership with Qatari NGOs, particularly QRCS, as crucial to the education and development of Master's students in the fields of conflict management and humanitarian action. In the end of the course, the trainees hailed such courses as an invaluable upgrade to their knowledge and skills in disaster management, as well as an enrichment of their academic progress. For the students, this course was a rare opportunity that gave them hands-on practice in setting up shelters at QRCS's headquarters, to be ready when deployed to risky settings. Such courses are part of QRCS's training and qualification portfolio, which involves community lectures and courses on safety and security, public health, first aid, and surface water rescue. Also, there are several basic and advance disaster management courses, culminating in the annual Disaster Management Camp, which is the only Arabic event of its kind. It seeks to build community capacity in preparedness, which is a national priority pursued by Qatar National Vision 2030.