$10.5m project to fight malaria in Yemen

Time: 28 May, 2020

KSRelief will distribute 1,500 pumps to spray affected areas. (SPA)
  • Malaria has caused suffering and death in Yemen for years
  • KSRelief aims to drastically reduce the spread of the disease

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is leading a $10.5 million fight against the life-threatening disease malaria in Yemen.

The 18-month project, being carried out by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), will help to protect 7 million Yemenis from the parasitical infection spread by mosquitoes.

Malaria has caused suffering and death in Yemen for years, particularly among children and pregnant women in coastal areas.

Through more than 50 initiatives in affected provinces throughout the country, KSRelief aims to drastically reduce the spread of the disease.

The executive program includes providing drugs for patients with moderate and severe malaria symptoms and boosting the WHO and Yemeni government’s medicine stocks to deal with any outbreaks.

The Saudi center is also working to provide hospitals and health care centers with the necessary laboratory equipment and consumables for diagnosing malaria, while distributing pesticide-saturated mosquito nets to 1,300,000 refugees, and 1,500 automatic pumps to spray affected areas, houses, schools, and markets with pesticides to control mosquitoes.

In addition, KSRelief has offered specialist equipment for identifying the genetic mutation of parasites, larvae and mosquitoes and locating areas where insecticide-resistant mosquitoes and larvae reproduce. Health awareness is a key part of the project too, with more than 3,500 health cadres undertaking skills training through one of Yemen’s largest programs of its kind.

WHO specialists have been assigned to oversee the project and support Yemen’s National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) by sending Yemeni cadres abroad for six months to acquire specialized diplomas, which will contribute to the scheme’s sustainability and raise the efficiency of its workers.

The executive project is also working to establish two centers to treat severe malaria cases along with seven central hospitals and provide them with diagnostic and treatment gear, medicines, and medical supplies for malaria cases.

Similarly, the project is supporting the Health Ministry’s NMCP by sending 10 of its doctors on intensive specialized training in neighboring countries.

Several initiatives and preventive measures aimed at combating the dengue epidemic in Yemen are underway as part of the aid project, such as the distribution of medicines and medical supplies.

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Saudi aid agency continues projects in Yemen, Jordan

Time: 27 May, 2020

Saudi Arabia is a major provider of aid in Yemen. (SPA)

AMMAN: The prosthetics center in Yemen’s Marib governorate continued to provide medical services and prosthetic limbs to Yemenis mutilated by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia. Funded by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), the center benefited 1,724 persons with 4,318 services between January and April.

Some 119 prosthetic limbs were fitted to 119 patients, 44 orthotic cosmetic limbs were fitted to 28 patients, and 181 prosthetic measurement services were implemented for 178 patients.

Meanwhile, the health care facilities sponsored by KSRelief at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan continued providing medical services.

Recently, internal medicine clinics received 14 patients, pediatric centers worked with 53 patients, emergency treatment rushed to assist 29 patients, dental clinics treated 8 patients and women’s clinics also received 49 patients. The ear, nose and throat clinic also received patients suffering from such conditions as infections of the sinuses, pharynx, tonsils and middle ear.

KSRelief also continued the implementation of its water supply and environmental sanitation project in Al-Khawkhah district of the Hodeidah governorate in Yemen.

In one week, approximately 337,000 liters of safe drinking water and 393,000 liters of water for other purposes were pumped into tanks, benefiting thousands of families.

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KSrelief Launches Two Projects to Combat Epidemics in Hajjah

Time: 27 May, 2020

HAJJAH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) is launching two projects in the Hajjah governorate – the first provides for operation of the Emergency Center to Combat Epidemics in the Hayran district, while the second involves Mobile Medical Clinics in Abs. Both are being implemented in cooperation with the Taybah Foundation for Development. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia provides ongoing support to alleviate the suffering of the people of Yemen, particularly important in light of the spread of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The activities of the Emergency Center to Combat Epidemics in the Al Ja’dah Health Center in Hayran include: case evaluation and registration, treatment, inpatient care, recovery, and pharmacy services. It is expected that the number of beneficiaries will reach 10,800 people, and that the staff will include 3 doctors specializing in epidemiology, 13 nurses and 3 pharmacists, along with additional technical staff and others.

The Mobile Medical Clinics at the Al Ja’dah Health Center in Abs include a medical clinic, a nursing department and a pharmacy. The center will provide a doctor specializing in general medicine, a nurse and a pharmacist to serve some 3,000 beneficiaries. The clinic will offer general healthcare services, immunizations for children and mothers, and treatment of injuries.

The two projects are being provided in response to the urgent need for an Emergency Center to Combat Epidemics, including COVID-19, especially in light of the increasing number of cases being received at the Al Ja’dah Health Center. Patients are also presenting with other diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and cholera. The main goal of the clinics is to meet the health needs of IDPs and residents in the districts, and is an extension of the comprehensive medical sector assistance being funded and provided by KSrelief in the region. KSrelief is one of few humanitarian organizations on the ground and able to help meet the ongoing health care challenges of the Yemeni population.

The Director of the Health Office in Hayran, Dr. Omar Mishmat, stated that the two projects will contribute to reducing the high rates of epidemic diseases in the region, and will provide medical isolation spaces for some infected patients, including those with the COVID-19 virus. The beneficiaries expressed their thanks and appreciation to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its leadership for its ongoing commitment to Yemen and its people.

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KSrelief Distributes Ramadan Food Baskets in Jordan

Time: 26 May, 2020

AMMAN, JORDAN: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) distributed food baskets today to Jordanian, Palestinian and Syrian families in need throughout Jordan, providing urgent nutritional assistance to people in several governorates. The food aid is being provided by KSrelief during the holy month of Ramadan in cooperation with the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization. 4,281 food baskets were handed out to help feed 21,305 beneficiaries in the governorates of Amman, Irbid, Jerash, Madaba, Aqaba and Al Karak.

The goal of the larger project was to safely deliver 41,595 food baskets to beneficiary families according to measures laid out by the Jordanian government to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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KSRelief continues water supply project in Yemen

Time: 26 May, 2020

KSRelief has carried out hundreds of humanitarian projects in Yemen. (SPA)

HAJJAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) continued the implementation of its water supply and environmental sanitation projects in a number of directorates in the Yemeni Hajjah governorate.

Between May 14-20, approximately 101,000 liters of healthy drinking water and 202,000 liters of water for other purposes were pumped into tanks, benefiting a total of 5,600 people.

The projects come within the framework of the Kingdom’s relief efforts to improve the living conditions of Yemenis through the country’s humanitarian crisis.

KSRelief has implemented 1,295 projects worth $4.4 billion throughout the world.

In Yemen, KSRelief has carried out hundreds of humanitarian projects, including initiatives in the health sector, food security, education, emergency communications, and sanitation.

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KSRelief distributes aid in Lebanon, Yemen

Time: 25 May, 2020

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has distributed 540 food baskets in cooperation with the Lebanese Al-Ghina Charity Association. The food baskets will benefit 3,240 people in Lebanon.

KSRelief, in cooperation with the Benevolence Coalition for Humanitarian Relief, also distributed 203 tons/2,742 food baskets to displaced Yemenis in the directorates of Hiran, Abs and Harad, which are adjacent to Saada governorate. SPA Beirut

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KSrelief Continues to Support Hajjah Health Center

Time: 23 May, 2020

HAJJAH, YEMEN: The Al Ja’dah Health Center in Yemen’s Hajjah governorate continues to provide comprehensive health care services to area residents. The facility is supported by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) in partnership with the Taybah Foundation for Development.

From 8 to 14 May, the clinics provided treatment as follows: 374 patients in the ER, 350 in internal medicine, 331 in nursing services, 246 in reproductive health and 176 in the clinics for epidemic diseases. There was one waste disposal activity, and 3 patients received blood transfusions.

The clinic dispensed prescriptions for 1,070 patients, and provided lab testing and x-ray services for 817 patients. The health awareness-raising and education department saw 104 people.

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Saudi aid agency provides medical supplies to Palestine

Time: 22 May, 2020

A third batch of aid is expected to arrive in Palestine from the Kingdom. (SPA)

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) presented the Palestinian Ministry of Health with the second batch of medical aid donated by the Kingdom to Palestine to help combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Thursday.

The aid included respirators, intensive care beds, operating tables, and monitoring equipment from Europe. A third batch of aid is expected to arrive in Palestine from the Kingdom within 48 hours. Palestinian Minister of Health Dr. Mai

Al-Kaila said that the donations would help Palestinian hospitals and medical centers.

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Mauritania Receives Kingdom’s “Gift of Dates”

Time: 22 May, 2020

NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) recently delivered 100 tons of dates to Mauritania to provide a nutritional support and enhance food security in the country as part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s annual “Gift of Dates” program.

The Assistant Commissioner of the Mauritanian Food Security Commission, Mohamed Ould Mohamed El-Eid Khayer, explained that the food aid provided would be distributed to the needy, adding that the fruitful cooperation between the Commission and KSrelief reflects the deep ties between the people of Saudi Arabia and Mauritania. He stated that this support affirms the keenness of the leaders of both countries, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and the President of the Republic of Mauritania, HE Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, to consolidate cooperation between the two countries across all sectors.

The Saudi Arabia Ambassador to Mauritania, Dr. Hazza bin Zaban Al Mutairi, stressed that the assistance provided comes as part of strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries under the sponsorship of the two leaders. He indicated that the Kingdom seeks to extend aid to all affected peoples, and to support the efforts undertaken by Mauritania to provide for all of its citizens.

The Kingdom’s “Gift of Dates” program is just one of the initiatives the Kingdom’s leadership has implemented through KSrelief to provide comprehensive and impartial support to people in need around the world.

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International organizations hail KSRelief humanitarian efforts

Time: 21 May, 2020

Saudi Arabia has been ranked a global fifth, and first in the Arab world, for its provision of humanitarian aid. (SPA)
  • KSR has contributed to several humanitarian projects worth $4.4 billion since 2015

RIYADH: Appreciating the efforts of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), international organizations described their partnership as “strategic.”

Since its inception in May 2015, the center has contributed to several humanitarian projects worth $4.4 billion in partnership with different global nonprofit organizations.

According to a recent KSRelief report, the countries that benefited the most from its various projects include Yemen ($3 billion), Palestine ($358 million), Syria ($295 million) and Somalia ($192 million).

Shalhoub Al-Shalhoub, director of KSRelief media and public relations, said the center complements Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian role.

“The Kingdom realizes the importance of humanitarian aid. It focuses on helping the impoverished and victims of disasters around the world. We are partners with the UN and local as well as international nonprofit organizations,” he said.

Hana Hamadeh, public partnerships specialist for UNICEF, Gulf Area Office, told Arab News that the UNICEF is proud of its strategic partnership with KSRelief.

“In just five years, our cooperation successfully saved and improved the lives of millions of children. Our biggest collaboration has focused primarily on Yemen,” she said.

Hamadeh said the cooperation has expanded beyond Yemen to other countries in the Middle East and Africa.

This partnership, she said, has succeeded in achieving significant results. She said that the common goal of both organizations is to provide humanitarian assistance to children and families suffering from devastating crises.

She said in just five years, KSRelief has emerged as a global player with a strong influence and it is able to leverage support to many causes.

Zaid Al-Nahi, an external relations official at the World Health Organization (WHO), said within a short time KSRelief has become an efficient organization with a highly motivated team.

He told Arab News that WHO is now one of KSRelief’s main partners in various humanitarian projects in Yemen, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Since its establishment, KSRelief has implemented over 1,295 projects in 51 countries.

Al-Nahi said it is no ordinary feat. He said WHO acknowledges the center’s pioneering role and is eager to expand its partnership to serve humanity.

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