Kingdom Tower Lights up in Orange to Mark World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day


Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP), chaired by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal AlSaud, announced lighting up the iconic Kingdom Tower in Riyadh in orange Saturday, January 30th, to join the world in celebrating the second annual World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Day.

From the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia to the Colosseum in Rome, more than 50 landmarks representing over 25 nations across the world showcased their support on World NTD Day by lighting up the building “orange” in celebrating the progress of beating NTD. 1 in 5 people on the planet are affected by Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), many of which can be prevented, eliminated or even eradicated with improved access to existing safe and cost-effective tools.

Alwaleed Philanthropies participated in NTD Day along side with partners in support of the projects that aim to eliminate these diseases such as, The Carter Center in Eradication of Guinea Worm project, the UNICEF in Measles and Rubella Elimination Project, The End Fund in the END of Diseases of Neglect Project, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Polio Eradication Fund.

For four decades, Alwaleed Philanthropies has supported and spent more than 4 billion dollars on social welfare and initiated more than 1000 projects in over +189 countries, managed by 10 Saudi female members, reaching more than 1 billion beneficiaries around the world, regardless of gender, race, or religion. Alwaleed Philanthropies collaborates with a range of philanthropic, governmental, and educational organizations to combat poverty, empower women and youth, develop communities, provide disaster relief, and create cultural understanding through education. It seeks to build bridges for a more compassionate, tolerant, and accepting world.

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