WHO chief thanks Saudi Arabia for coronavirus aid package sent to Yemen

24/03/20

  • WHO chief says all must be led by solidarity to keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable
  • The shipment from Saudi Arabia also included trauma meds and supplies

DUBAI: The Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has thanked Saudi Arabia after it airlifted coronavirus protection supplies to Yemen.

In a tweet posted in response to images of the aid parcels shared on social media, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was important to be united during the coronavirus crisis and he thanked Saudi Arabia for he described as the Kingdom’s “great support to WHO in this critical time of #COVID19.”

“We all must be led by solidarity to keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable. With this kind of commitment and support, we can stop the #coronavirus from spreading,” he tweeted.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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Thank you for your great support to @WHO in this critical time of . We all must be led by solidarity to keep the world safe & serve the vulnerable. With this kind of commitment and support, we can stop the from spreading.https://twitter.com/WHOEMRO/status/1242014998723022853?s=20 

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Special thanks to Saudi Arabia who airlifted critical @WHO #COVID19 supplies to #Yemen, including personal protective items for health workers & lab screening tests for Aden & Sana’a. The shipment also incl. trauma meds & supplies to support the ongoing response to the crisis.

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The supplies included personal protective items for health workers and laboratory screening tests for Aden and Sana’a.

The shipment from Saudi Arabia also included trauma meds and supplies to support the ongoing response to the crisis.

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King Salman orders $10m payment to WHO to aid fight against coronavirus

10/03/20

  • WHO welcome donation by King Salman as fight against coronavirus continues
  • Four new cases of coronavirus identified in the Kingdom as schools and colleges close

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued on Monday a directive ordering the donation of $10 million to support the World Health Organisation’s  (WHO) efforts to fight coronavirus.

Saudi authorities also on Monday said nine new coronavirus cases had been identified, adding that it was suspending travel by air and sea between the Kingdom and 14 countries to prevent the spread of the disease.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the World Health Organization (WHO) are working together to combat novel coronavirus (COVID-19),” a joint statement read.

“In support of this effort, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has provided $10 million to the World Health Organization for the implementation of urgent measures to minimize the spread of the disease and to support countries with vulnerable health infrastructures.”

And Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of WHO said the organization “greatly appreciates this generous humanitarian gesture from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which will contribute significantly to efforts to safeguard global health.”

The Ministry of Health said the new cases were four Saudi nationals, two Bahrainis, an American and an Egyptian.

Meanwhile it was also announced on Monday that people who failed to declare correct health-related information at entry points would face fines of up to $133,000.

Earlier state news agency SPA reported that the authorities were suspending travel for Saudi citizens and foreign residents to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Italy and South Korea.

Oman, France, Germany and Spain were added later on Monday.

People travelling from those countries or anyone who has been there in the past 14 days would also be temporarily banned from entering the Kingdom.

The discovery of the four new cases brings the total number of those confirmed to have the virus in the Kingdom to 15.

Previously on Sunday, the health ministry said four cases had been confirmed in Qatif, raising the total to 11 cases.

A statement by the Saudi health ministry said the first case was a Saudi citizen, related to a previous case in Qatif. The patient is now isolated in hospital.

Two of the other patients are Bahraini women who had traveled from Iraq on their way to Bahrain. They were also isolated in a hospital in Qatif.

The fourth case was a US national returning to the Kingdom after traveling to the Philippines and Italy. That patient was sent to an isolation unit in a hospital in Riyadh.

Last week, the Kingdom stopped the entry into the Kingdom of travelers by land transportation from Bahrain, the UAE and Kuwait.

Only commercial vehicles are allowed. People traveling into the Kingdom from these countries were told to board flights only through the three major airports in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam where they can be checked by health authorities.

In Riyadh the Riyadh Boulevard and Winter Wonderland were closed this week due to increased concerns over the spread of coronavirus.

And the Saudi Ministry of Education said Sunday that schools and universities would be closed from Monday as part of “preventive and precautionary” measures recommended by health authorities.

The decision covers all educational institutions – public and private – and technical and vocational training institutions.

Also suspended from Monday are all educational and Quranic activities at mosques.

The Ministry of Interior said Sunday that it would limit of movement top and from the governorate of Qatif, to prevent the virus from spreading.

The initial 11 cases of coronavirus in the Kingdom were all residents in Qatif, located in the Eastern Province. Some of them were said to have travelled to Iran, one of the worst hit countries by coronavirus.

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Saudi Arabia donates $1 million to UN Alliance of Civilizations

31/01/20

  • This came during a meeting with the high representative of the UNAOC, Miguel Angel Moratinos, in New York

NEW YORK: Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, on Thursday, delivered a $1 million check from the Kingdom in support of the plan of action, activities and programs of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).
This came during a meeting with the high representative of the UNAOC, Miguel Angel Moratinos, in New York.
Moratinos commended the great role played by Saudi Arabia in spreading the message of peace and love and its call for coexistence and rejection of hatred and violence.
This contribution from the Kingdom comes as a part of the $3 million Saudi Arabia pledged to provide in support of the UNAOC’s work over the next three years.

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Saudi Arabia ranked global 5th, Arab 1st for humanitarian aid

Time: 10 January, 2020 

The rankings were a result of the unlimited backing by King Salman, says aid chief. (SPA)

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been ranked a global fifth, and first in the Arab world, for its provision of humanitarian aid.

According to figures published on Wednesday on the UN Financial Tracking Service platform, the Kingdom contributed $1,281,625,265 (SR4,808,021,026 or 5.5 percent) toward the total amount of international spending on relief programs.

In Yemen, the Kingdom’s 2019 share of international humanitarian aid funding for the war-torn country amounted to $216 billion (31.3 percent).

Adviser at the Royal Court and general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, said the rankings were a result of the unlimited backing by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for support initiatives around the world.

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Conjoined twins’ parents praise Saudi care

Time: 02 January, 2020

Father of Mauritanian conjoined twins Taqi Mahmoud. (AN photo)
  • The twins were brought to Riyadh on directives from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to study their case
  • Once the examining is complete, the doctors will be able to tell when they can carry out the separation surgery

RIYADH: The parents of Mauritanian conjoined twins said they were extremely touched by the support provided by the Saudi leadership to aid their children.

The conjoined twins — Mohammed and Fadhil — and their parents were brought to Riyadh on directives from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to study their case and the possibility of separating them.

In an exclusive interview with Arab News, the father of the twins, Taqi Mahmoud, thanked the Saudi leadership for the generosity shown to them.

He said he was very grateful for the leadership’s efforts, including arrangements to bring them to Riyadh, the welcome by the team at the King Abdullah Specialized Children Hospital (KASCH) and the warm hospitality provided to them throughout.

“The journey from Mauritania to Riyadh in coordination with the Saudi and Mauritanian authorities was very smooth, and the procedures for transferring the twins to Riyadh were carried out easily,” said Mahmoud.

“We are very grateful that Saudi Arabia extended help with open arms to receive us, the service being extended to us is so generous and welcoming,” he added.

Mahmoud said that his family traveled on a private jet on the instructions of King Salman.

He added that the twins, who upon arrival in the early hours on Tuesday were transferred to the KASCH, are undergoing various tests.

Once the examining is complete, the doctors will be able to tell when they can carry out the separation surgery.

Mahmoud said that the hospital communicated with the Mauritanian Ministry of Health, which then discussed the issue with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ministry found that Saudi Arabia was the best country for assisting the twins, and the Kingdom sent a private jet within just a few days.

Abdulrahman Dadah, Mauritanian Embassy spokesman — who along with other officials visited the twins at the hospital — told Arab News: “We greatly appreciate the generous support of Saudi Arabia with instructions of the king and the crown prince.

“We know this is common support from Saudi Arabia to every such case, we appreciate that the Kingdom was one of the first countries to offer this health service, we are grateful for this opportunity which is giving the true meaning to humanity.”

Dr. Mohammed Al-Namshan, chairman of pediatric surgery at KASCH and the twins’ supervisor, told Arab News: “We received them in good condition. They are in stable condition.

“We have completed some investigations including laboratory tests, radiological tests and studied the heart condition. For the next few days we will continue with examinations to decide about the separation.”

He said that everything is being provided for free. The mother is staying with the twins in the ward, whereas the father has been provided housing near the hospital with other facilities and daily expenses as part of the humanitarian service.

On the duration of stay for treatment, he said: “It depends if we find any problems that will halt their separation.”

He added that sometimes there are problems and organs cannot be separated, which prevents successful surgery.

“Under the National Twins Separation Program, we studied more than 110 babies and separated 48 of them. The other cases were not favorable for separation,” Al-Namshan.

Should the operation be approved, they will become the 49th set of twins to undergo the procedure in one of the largest separation programs in the world, he said.

Mahmoud expressed his confidence in the Saudi medical team, led by the experience supervisor general of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, and renowned pediatric surgeon, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah.

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King Salman receives top honor for humanitarian efforts

Time: 02 January, 2020

King Salman has been honored by the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO) for his humanitarian efforts. (SPA)
  • He was awarded the Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq Medal, which is the highest honor from ARCO
  • The king expressed his thanks to everyone from the ARCO delegation, welcoming the organization’s humanitarian work, and wished it success

RIYADH: King Salman has been honored by the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO) for his humanitarian efforts, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
He was awarded the Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq Medal, which is the highest honor from ARCO and is granted to kings and heads of states in recognition of their work, especially in the Arab world.
The award came during the king’s reception on Wednesday of the secretary-general of ARCO, Dr. Saleh bin Hamad Al-Tuwaijri, and was in recognition of the monarch’s efforts to reduce human suffering and an acknowledgment of Saudi Arabia’s pioneering role in the humanitarian field.

The king expressed his thanks to everyone from the ARCO delegation, welcoming the organization’s humanitarian work, and wished it success.
Al-Tuwaijri thanked the Kingdom for providing humanitarian, relief and development assistance to those affected by disasters and crises, and for the king’s diplomatic efforts at regional and international levels.
He added that the Kingdom topped the list of donor countries and that it allocated a greater percentage of aid from its national income than other donor countries. Saudi aid exceeded $40 billion during the last 15 years and it had been distributed among 124 countries across all continents, he said in his speech.
The reception was attended by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, State Minister Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, and Minister of Health and chairman of the board of directors at the Saudi Red Crescent Authority Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah.

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Comoros inaugurates Saudi-funded road network

27/12/19

  • The SFD has financed over seven projects in Comoros, home to around 820,000 citizens
  • The SFD is one of the largest contributors to sustainable development aid

DUBAI: A new road network, fully supported by the Saudi Fund For Development (SFD), has been inaugurated in Comoros Islands on Friday.

Azali Assoumani, President of the Union of the Comoros Islands, joined government officials and the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the Comoros to inaugurate the new road network that will provide faster and more efficient movement of people and goods, as well as better access to markets in urban centers.

The new roads include a 23-kilometer Airport-Qalawa stretch on Grande Comore Island, as well as the 12-kilometer Dundee-Langoni road in Anjouan Island.

The SFD has financed over seven projects in Comoros, home to around 820,000 citizens, valued in total at more than $80 million. The projects have supported different sectors in the island country, including transportation, health, education and potable water sectors.

Comoros’ Assoumani praised the Kingdom’s contributions and support of the country’s development plans at the inauguration.

Ibrahim Al-Turki, an advisor to SFD said: “The SFD and the Government of Comoros have a long history of working together. Our efforts aim to improve the quality of life for the people of the Comoros, and to ensure the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs)’s through facilitating their access to new markets.”

The SFD is one of the largest contributors to sustainable development aid, promoting stability and prosperity since 1975. The SFD has financially contributed to more than 1000 international development projects through loan and grant mechanisms.

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The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD)

Time: December 27, 2019

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The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD)
Headquarters

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Key people
Ahmad Agil Al-Khateeb (Chairman)

The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) is a Saudi Arabian government agency that was established in 1974.[1] SFD’s activities varied from development, finance, trade and funding.[2] The fund was established to finance developing countries. The initial capital of the fund upon its establishment was SR 10 billion.[1] Since its establishment, SFD has contributed to financing 750 projects in 71 countries.[2] The Chairman of the SFD is Ahmad Agil F Al-Khateeb.[3]

Objectives[edit]

The main objectives of SFD are:

  • Financing the development projects established in developing countries.
  • Financing non-crude oil exports.
  • Providing development countries with loans, technical aids and institutional support.[4]

References[edit]

  1. Jump up to:a b “Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) | Devex”www.devex.com. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  2. Jump up to:a b “Saudi Fund for Development | arab.org”. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  3. ^ “Saudi Arabia to Give $16 million in Grants to Pakistan for Health, Education Sectors”RS-NEWS. 2018-09-28. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  4. ^ “The Saudi Fund For Development”Eyeofriyadh.com. Retrieved 2019-07-30.

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Saudi Fund for Development finances 240 projects in 42 countries

01/12/19

  • SFD increased its contribution to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 by supporting local content

RIYADH: The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) became a major pillar of the national economy during the past five years by supporting Saudi exports and financing the private sector with SR29.7 billion ($7.92 billion) in funding, says a report issued by the SFD.

In accordance with its strategy, SFD increased its contribution to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 by supporting local content when implementing its projects, and hiring Saudi consultants and contractors at a total cost of SR5.12 billion.

In light of the Kingdom’s contribution to the achievement of economic and financial objectives in developing countries, SFD provided grants and loans amounting to more than SR44 billion to finance 240 projects in 42 countries, the report said

The SFD’s main objectives are to participate in financing uplift projects in developing countries by granting them necessary loans, technical aids required for financing studies and institutional support.

Since the launch of the fund in the 1970s, it has financed programs in different economic sectors including transportation, agriculture and energy.

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The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD)

09/11/19

The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD)
Headquarters Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Key people

Ahmad Agil Al-Khateeb (Chairman)
The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) is a Saudi Arabian government agency that was established in 1974. SFD’s activities varied from development, finance, trade and funding.The fund was established to finance developing countries. The initial capital of the fund upon its establishment was SR 10 billion. Since its establishment, SFD has contributed to financing 750 projects in 71 countries.The Chairman of the SFD is Ahmad Agil F Al-Khateeb.

Objectives
The main objectives of SFD are:

Financing the development projects established in developing countries.
Financing non-crude oil exports.
Providing development countries with loans, technical aids and institutional support

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