Tulane Receives $5 Million More From Qatar

September 8, 2006
by Michael Strecker

Tulane University's Community Health Center at Covenant House, founded last year when Tulane physician Anjali Niyogi set up a card table in the street to serve Hurricane Katrina's first responders, received a $5 million grant today from the State of Qatar.

According to Karen DeSalvo, executive director of the Community Health Center, the Qatar grant will be used to triple capacity at the center by adding six examination rooms and purchasing a mobile medical unit to serve neighborhoods most damaged by Katrina. Money from the grant will also fund salaries for physicians, nurses and other support staff and to purchase equipment and supplies.

The Tulane grant was announced, along with gifts to other institutions and agencies, at a 10 a.m. press conference today at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. Today's grants are the final disbursement of a $100 million pledge Qatar made to victims of Hurricane Katrina last September.

In that first round of gifts Tulane received a $10 million grant from the People of Qatar via the Qatar Katrina Fund, which the university is using to provide scholarships for students who suffered losses from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The Qatar Katrina Fund was originally announced in September 2005 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar. The first group of gift recipients was announced in May 2006 by His Excellency Nassir Al-Khalifa, Qatar's Ambassador to the United States.

"We are indebted to the State of Qatar and its people for their continued support of our university and community," Tulane University President Scott Cowen said. "Through gifts like this Tulane and New Orleans will emerge from Katrina stronger, safer and healthier."

The Tulane Community Health Center at Covenant House, located at 611 N. Rampart Street in downtown New Orleans, has served more than 7,800 patients since the storm. Services include adult primary care, mental health counseling, geriatric care and health education. Spanish translation services are also available. The center's services are currently free but will soon be provided on a "pay-what-you-can" basis.

Michael Strecker
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