Saudi aid agency eyes 2,400 surgeries in fight against blindness in Yemen

Time: 08 July 2021


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KSrelief’s medical team in Aden has performed 286 surgeries so far. (SPA)

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KSrelief’s medical team in Aden has performed 286 surgeries so far. (SPA)

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KSrelief’s medical team in Aden has performed 286 surgeries so far. (SPA)

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KSrelief’s medical team in Aden has performed 286 surgeries so far. (SPA)

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KSrelief’s medical team in Aden has performed 286 surgeries so far. (SPA)


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KSrelief’s medical team in Aden has performed 286 surgeries so far. (SPA)

KSrelief medical team has performed 286 eye surgeries so far
Agency’s food relief and potable water programs also continuing
ADEN: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) is continuing its campaign in Aden to combat blindness and its causes, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

A KSrelief medical team has examined 309 patients, performed 286 surgeries, provided 286 pairs of glasses, and dispensed 286 prescriptions since the campaign was launched.

The campaign helps families and individuals of limited income who cannot afford treatment costs. It falls within Saudi Arabia’s projects, being implemented through KSrelief, to combat blindness in Yemen.

The aim is to perform more than 2,400 eye surgeries to combat blindness.


KSrelief’s medical team in Aden has performed 286 surgeries so far. (SPA)
Al-Jaada Health Center clinics in Yemen’s Hajjah governorate have continued providing treatment services for patients with the support of KSrelief.

In one week, the clinics received 1,809 patients with various health conditions, provided them with the necessary medical services, and dispensed 1,288 prescriptions.

KSrelief distributed more than 20 tons of food baskets to displaced and needy families in Al-Mahrah governorate, helping 1,100 individuals and 190 families, and provided services for a child soldier rehabilitation project in Marib governorate.

There were individual and group sessions, as well as activities in psychological, cultural, social, educational, and sports rehabilitation.

The project falls within the humanitarian inititatives being carried out by KSrelief to rehabilitate children recruited by the Houthis.


KSrelief’s medical team in Aden has performed 286 surgeries so far. (SPA)
KSrelief, in cooperation with the World Health Organization, also held a water quality monitoring training course in Aden governorate.

The two-day course aims to train 30 technicians and engineers from the National Water Authority, and its branches in a number of Yemeni governorates, on the use of water biological testing devices in areas with a high risk of communicable disease and acquiring water purification skills.

KSrelief handed over 11 biological devices to test and purify water and combat cholera to course participants.

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Yemeni official thanks Saudi Arabia for clearing Houthi mines

Time: 09 April 2021

Al-Aqeeli called on the international community to pressure the Houthi militia to stop planting landmines. (SPA)

RIYADH: The director of Yemen’s National Mine Action Program on Thursday thanked Saudi Arabia for clearing mines set by the Houthi militia in Yemen.

Brig. Ameen Al-Aqeeli said mines and improvised explosive devices planted by the Iran-backed Houthi militia have so far killed more than 8,000 civilians in the country.

Al-Aqeeli called on the international community to pressure the Houthi militia to stop planting landmines, saying they have caused a humanitarian disaster in Yemen.

A total of 230,592 mines have been extracted since the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) began the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) in Yemen.

Masam’s engineering teams currently operate in nine Yemeni governorates: Marib, Al-Jawf, Shabwa, Taiz, Hodeidah, Lahij, Al-Bayda, Al-Dhale, and Saada.

Masam is just one of the many humanitarian and relief projects that the Kingdom offers through KSrelief to assist the Yemeni people and alleviate their suffering during the current crisis.

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KSrelief distributes over 562 tons of food in Yemen

Time: 30 December 2020

A total of 9,627 people benefited from the food aid. (SPA)

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) on Tuesday distributed over 562 tons of food items among the internally displaced Yemenis in Hajjah governorate.
A total of 9,627 people benefited from the food aid.
The center’s health teams, meanwhile, continued field visits to schools in Aden governorate as part of a campaign to address the issue of malnutrition among Yemeni children and educational staff.
During the month of December, 11,128 people benefited from various services such as psychiatry and community health.
Since the launch of the program in October, a total of 44,000 students and teachers have benefited from the services provided by the center.
The center recently signed an agreement worth $4 million to support nutrition programs for children under five, pregnant and breastfeeding women in seven Yemeni governorates.
The project will benefit 437, 179 individuals. Under the agreement, health facilities will be built and equipped with modern machinery. The center will also help the Yemeni authorities operate nutrition clinics, mobile teams and provide them with medical supplies and training in this regard.

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KSrelief distributes winter aid among Yemenis

Time: 09 December 2020

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) on Monday distributed relief goods among Yemenis in Al-Mahra governorate to help them during winter.
The relief items included tents, blankets and rugs. More relief goods have been dispatched for the war-torn country to be distributed in Hadramout, Luhaj, Marib, Taiz, Shabwah and Al-Mahrah governorates.
In November, the center distributed 12,000 sleeping bags among displaced Yemenis in several governorates of the country.
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. Since its establishment, the center has implemented over 1,295 different projects in 51 countries.
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).
The center has implemented 74 educational projects, valued at $181.3 million in Yemen, Syria and Somalia and for the benefit of Rohingya refugees in Malaysia, Bangladesh and other countries of the world, based on Saudi Arabia’s belief in the importance of supporting education among stricken peoples.

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Saudi aid agency launches drive to fight dengue in Yemen

Time: 01 November 2020

Youths wearing masks as a precaution due to COVID-19 coronavirus disease, sit in the back of a truck carrying out a fumigation in an area in Yemen’s southern coastal city of Aden on May 5, 2020, as part of a campaign to prevent the spread of insect-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, and Chikungunya virus amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic.(AFP)
  • The center launched an emergency response project in July to combat dengue fever and malaria

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) on Monday launched a fumigation campaign in Al-Mualla district in Aden governorate of Yemen. The campaign has been launched to help Yemeni authorities fight the spread of dengue and malaria.
The five-day campaign is part of the center’s concerted efforts to combat diseases in the war-torn country.
The center launched an emergency response project in July to combat dengue fever and malaria. KSrelief teams will also help remove stagnant water in all of Aden’s directorates to get rid of mosquitoes.

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New truce in Abyan brings peace to southern Yemen

24/10/20

Forces from the pro-independence Southern Transitional Council (STC) said that they received similar orders from their commanders to end hostilities in Abyan. (Reuters/File Photo)

  • ilitary units loyal to the internationally recognized government received on Friday orders from the government to immediately put into place a truce
  • The Yemeni government and separatists have been at war during the past couple of years

AL-MUKALLA: Yemen’s soldiers and separatists agreed on Friday to put into place a “comprehensive and permanent” truce in the southern province of Abyan and other contested areas, local army commanders said on Saturday.

The fresh announcement about halting hostilities comes as Maeen Abdul Malik Saeed, prime minister-designate, is closing in on announcing the formation of a new shared government agreed under the Saudi-brokered Riyadh Agreement.

Military units loyal to the internationally recognized government received on Friday orders from the government to immediately put into place a truce, ending military alerts that have been in place in the province of Abyan for months.

“We have received orders to end combat standby state and put into place a comprehensive and permanent truce in the province,” a local government military officer in Abyan, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Arab News on Saturday. “It seems that the politicians in Riyadh reached an agreement,” the officer said, referring to the continuing new government consultation between Yemeni rivals.

Forces from the pro-independence Southern Transitional Council (STC) said that they received similar orders from their commanders to end hostilities in Abyan.

The Yemeni government and separatists have been at war during the past couple of years.

Aimed at ending the STC’s unilateral self rule in southern provinces, the government launched a military offensive in May in Abyan that has claimed the lives of dozens on both sides.

In July, Saudi Arabia, which brokered the Riyadh Agreement in late 2019, proposed a new mechanism for accelerating the implementation of the agreement which led to Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi mandating Maeen Abdul Malik Saeed to form a new government and the naming of a new governor and chief of security for Aden.

On the ground, the Kingdom has deployed military officers to monitor a truce between the rivals and the implementation of military and security arrangements under the deal.

The premier-designate is putting the final touches on his consultations with Yemeni parties on a new government as major ministries were distributed between Yemen’s big and small parties, two sources told Arab News on Saturday.

“A new government might see light this week as combat forces will simultaneously pull out of contested areas and join fighting against the Houthis,” a senior STC source in Riyadh, said preferring anonymity.

Military and security arrangements under the deal, such as the STC withdrawal of military units from Aden, the country’s interim capital, and Abyan, have long blocked the formation of a new government as the legitimate government insists on the implementation of the security and military side of the agreement before announcing the agreement.

To end the impasse, the rivals agreed to announce the government this week, coinciding with the withdrawal of forces from Aden and Abyan, sources told Arab News.

Government and STC sources in Riyadh said that under the current consultations, Yemen’s president would pick names for four “sovereign” ministries — defense, interior, finance and foreign affairs.

The STC was given the ministries of transport, social affairs and labor, civil service and insurance, agricultural and fisheries, as well as the ministry of public works and highways.

The remaining ministries were distributed between the General People’s Congress that has ruled Yemen for three decades, the Islamist Islah Party, the Socialist Party, the Islamist Rashad Party and Hadramout Inclusive Conference.

Reacting to the news of a new government announcement and the halt of hostilities in their province, people in the contested areas in Abyan voiced hope that the factions would this time become serious and end fighting in their areas. “We are tired of fighting. We want to return to our normal life,” a man from Abyan’s Shouqra, who asked to remain anonymous, told Arab News.

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Saudi aid agency provides PCR devices to Yemen

Time: 03 October 2020  

The devices will reportedly be used novel coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in Marib, Al-Mahrah, Shabwah, Socotra, and Al-Wadiah Port governorates. (SPA)
  • The delivery was made in accordance with directives issued by King Salman

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) announced that it has delivered five PCR devices to the Yemeni Ministry of Health’s National Program for Drug Supply.
The devices will reportedly be used novel coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in Marib, Al-Mahrah, Shabwah, Socotra, and Al-Wadiah Port governorates.
The delivery was made in accordance with directives issued by King Salman.
KSRelief is also providing aid to people affected by the floods in Sudan. The center distributed tents and cartons of dates in numerous governorates, benefiting 4,872 individuals.

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Saudi clinics treat over 16,000 patients in Hodeidah

Time: 06 September 2020

KSRelief has implemented 344 health projects in Yemen. (SPA)
  • Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian efforts exerted through KSRelief have reached 45 countries to date, through 1,062 projects, most allocated to Yemen

HODEIDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center’s (KSRelief ) emergency nutritional medical clinics continue to serve Yemenis in Hodeidah governorate in partnership with Taybah Foundation for Development. During the month of August, more than 16,800 patients benefited from the project. The diagnostic laboratory received 4,219 people during the month. A total of 13,300 people were provided with medications for different ailments. The center is also working on a water and sanitation project in Al- Khawkhah district in Hodeidah.

During August, the project supplied 1,271,000 liters of drinking water to the district.

A similar project is also underway in the Hajjah governorate to ensure smooth water supply benefiting more than 6,320 people. Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian efforts exerted through KSRelief have reached 45 countries to date, through 1,062 projects, most allocated to Yemen.

KSRelief has implemented 344 health projects in Yemen carried out in coordination with the high relief committee of the Yemeni Health Ministry and local and international partners.

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Deal signed to empower Yemeni women

31/08/20

Al-Jaber said that the agreement was the first to be signed between the SDRPY and a development foundation headed by a Yemeni woman. (SPA)

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Saudi Arabia supports Yemeni women in reproductive health

Time: 29 August, 2020

Saudi aid center has provided treatment services for more than 58,500 Yemeni women in reproductive health. (SPA)
  • UNFPA seeks to fund maternity facilities and health centers by helping pregnant women ensure a safe delivery, so that their children can be healthy and stable

RIYADH: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), with the support of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), has provided, since the beginning of 2020, treatment services for more than 58,500 Yemeni women in reproductive health.
UNFPA seeks to fund maternity facilities and health centers by helping pregnant women ensure a safe delivery, so that their children can be healthy and stable.
This initiative is part of the support provided by the Kingdom, represented by KSRelief, to UNFPA with the aim of promoting the health of women and children in Yemen and various countries around the world.

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