RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief)’s Supervisor General, Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, in the presence of Yemen’s Minister of Public Health and Population, Dr. Nasser Baaoum, has launched the “Saudi Volunteer Program for Heart Disease and Cardiac Surgeries” in Mukalla, Yemen. The launching ceremony took place at KSrelief’s Riyadh headquarters.
The program includes the provision of 540 cardiac procedures, including open-heart surgeries of all kinds for children and adults, 1,440 therapeutic catheterizations, and 960 diagnostic catheterizations. The volunteer teams are expected to provide treatment for 2,940 patients between 15 October 2020 and 31 December 2021. The campaign is being implemented in cooperation with the Nabd Al Hayat Program for Heart Disease.
The procedures will be carried out in the city of Mukalla in the Hadramawt governorate for limited-income patients from all over Yemen who cannot cover the costs of their treatment. The program will cover all required medications for heart disease patients and will also provide health education for patients and their families. KSrelief’s volunteer medical teams will not only perform thousands of life-saving procedures, but will also train Yemeni medical cadres to provide advanced cardiac care for their patients in the future.
In remarks during the launch, Dr. Al Rabeeah said, “As a continuation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian and relief approach, led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and HRH the Crown Prince, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has surpassed other countries in the world in the amount of international humanitarian aid it provides. The directives of the Kingdom’s leadership were to support the people of Yemen, and these directives have made the Kingdom the top aid provider in Yemen. The Kingdom provides impartial aid to all Yemenis, to all regions and governorates of the country and without any discrimination.”
“We are happy today,” he added, “as part of this approach, to launch this important humanitarian and volunteer program, the Saudi Volunteer Program for Heart Disease and Cardiac Surgeries. The program helps to achieve the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 in giving priority to humanitarian and volunteer work.”
Dr. Al Rabeeah affirmed that the program will continue for a period of 15 months through the end of 2021. “The program will include 12 volunteer medical campaigns,” he said, “undertaken by distinguished specialized cadres of highly qualified Saudi doctors, to save the lives of approximately 3,000 Yemenis who suffer from heart disease.” The total cost of the program will be USD 5.7 million.
Dr. Baaoum followed with his own remarks. “Allow me first,” he said, “to sincerely thank the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its leadership, its government and its people, and particularly KSrelief, for the continuous and sustained support for the Yemeni people. In recent years, we have received support in combating epidemics that Yemen witnessed as a result of the conflict. We are happy today, in the presence of the Supervisor General of KSrelief, to launch this critical and important program, which will meet the needs of heart patients in Yemen.”
He added that the program would also “contribute to the education and training of a large number of Yemeni cadres”, and indicated that this element was itself a great achievement by KSrelief, “which was able to reach all governorates of Yemen without discrimination.”
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed virtually today an agreement with the United States of America, represented by USAID, to provide funding to the World Food Programme (WFP) to improve community resilience in disasters and rehabilitate multi-purpose cyclone shelters for Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The total cost of the project will be USD 2 million.
The agreement was signed by the Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, and the Acting Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Mr. John Barsa. The ceremony was also attended virtually by HRH Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud, the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States, and United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, John Abizaid.
The project will provide urgent assistance to some 87,165 beneficiaries, including refugee camp residents and other needy and vulnerable population groups who are affected by natural disasters and conflicts in the regions of Ukhia, Teknaf, Pekua, Kutubdia and Maheshkhali in Bangladesh.
Following the signing, Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah stated that he was “really honored today to sign this is very important agreement between KSrelief and USAID. On behalf of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and KSrelief, I appreciate this important event and am hoping to see more such agreements.”
He noted that the Kingdom had stood with the Rohingya people, both as IDPs in Myanmar and as refugees in other countries, for decades. In Saudi Arabia, the Rohingya who live there have been provided with all necessary services, care and facilities.
Dr. Al Rabeeah added that, due to the threat of extermination and torture faced by the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been committed to helping the Rohingya in their country. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bun Abdulaziz Al Saud, directed KSrelief to stand with the Rohingya and provide them with urgent assistance. For its part, KSrelief has sent specialized teams to Bangladesh to assess the living conditions of the refugees, determine their most urgent needs, and provide emergency relief, humanitarian and shelter assistance. KSrelief has implemented many programs and projects for the refugees living in Cox’s Bazar and other locations.
The Supervisor General added that this agreement was part of Saudi Arabia’s ongoing efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Rohingya people by providing everything possible to improve their living conditions. He extended his sincere thanks and appreciation to Saudi Arabia’s leadership for the comprehensive aid the Kingdom is providing to crisis-affected people in countries around the world.
John Barsa from USAID had this to say on the occasion: “I would like to start by thanking both KSrelief and WFP for your partnership in Bangladesh and around the world. More than three years since the mass displacement of Rohingya in Myanmar, we are here today to reiterate our shared commitment to support Rohingya refugees and the Bangladeshi community that generously hosts them.”
“On behalf of USAID,” he added, “I’m very proud today to announce our additional support alongside KSrelief for WFP’s project on cyclone shelter rehabilitation and strengthening disaster readiness. With over 860,000 refugees in one the world’s largest refugee camps, Cox’s Bazar is facing several compounding shocks, from extreme weather to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“I couldn’t be more thrilled that KSrelief is joining us…I also would like to acknowledge our important partnership with KSrelief as it continues to broaden its humanitarian efforts around the world.”
“In just five years, KSrelief has expanded into an organization with more than 300 staff and a sophisticated volunteer program. KSrelief has responded to some of the most complex humanitarian crisis and disasters in more than 50 countries, and has provided more than USD 4 billion in humanitarian aid across every sector.”
Mr. Barsa concluded by expressing his hopes that this agreement would alleviate the suffering of both the Rohingya refugees and members of the host community, and urged all other international organizations to provide support for this cause.
HRH Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud stated, “KSrelief has played an instrumental role in the region and beyond, and stands as one of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s most visible and effective humanitarian relief organizations. It has worked in more than 50 countries, participated in more than 1,300 international projects, and provided more than USD 4.6 billion in humanitarian relief assistance.”
“Today, KSrelief is pleased to join with the USAID to jointly assist WFP’s efforts in Cox’s Bazar. This joint effort is a testament to what our enduring partnership with the United States can achieve. Our combined efforts to achieve peace, security and prosperity in the region and around the world also extend to helping those in need, as we are discussing here today. This project will improve the health, safety and living conditions of Rohingya refugees dislocated in Bangladesh, through an effort to rehabilitate local housing and shelters, enabling these accommodations to provide necessary protection during disasters.”
“KSrelief and the Kingdom welcome this opportunity to coordinate our relief efforts with the United States and the WFP by providing this USD 1 million humanitarian assistance award. Over the past two decades, Saudi Arabia has provided more than USD 15 billion in humanitarian relief assistance for global refugees, and just last month, participated in the UN Donors Conference for the Rohingya cause. The Kingdom currently hosts more than 270,000 Rohingya refugees, providing them with free health care, educational services and employment opportunities.”
HRH Princess Reema added, “Today’s joint project is another important effort in providing for the basic needs of one of the world’s most impoverished refugee groups. Everyone should have safe and secure shelter, and through this project, many families in Bangladesh will soon be able to remove that basic need from their list of daily challenges. We look forward to the continuing cooperation between KSrelief and USAID, as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States work together to address humanitarian needs around the globe.”
Ambassador John Abizaid said that the United States was “proud to join hands with Saudi Arabia in providing humanitarian assistance. Our partnership on the project is a manifestation of the broad and enduring American partnership with Saudi Arabia. That relationship, which began 75 years ago in a shipboard meeting between King Abdulaziz and President Roosevelt, works to provide not only life-sustaining assistance, but to support peace and stability in the region and beyond.”
He also noted that “the United States and Saudi Arabia signed a joint statement of support to each provide USD 1 million to assist Rohingya refugees. This first-of-its-kind agreement is administered by the USAID and KSrelief. Through our implementing partner, the WFP, together we will rehabilitate shelters and provide disaster management training to vulnerable people in a region sadly prone to deadly, extreme weather.”
“Today’s agreement,” Ambassador Abizaid continued, “is not the first time we have worked side-by-side to deliver critical assistance to the people who need it most. In Yemen, the United States and Saudi Arabia are working to provide life-saving aid to a society ravaged by conflict. In Syria, the United States and Saudi Arabia have been working to address the needs of internally displaced and other vulnerable people, today numbering over 12 million Syrians. Through USAID, the United States provides emergency food, health, water, and sanitation assistance, while KSrelief is at the forefront of the education sector, helping meet the needs of Syria’s ‘lost generation’ of youth with supplies and services to over 100,000 needy schoolchildren.”
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.
JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center on Wednesday signed an agreement with the UN Population Fund (UNPF) to provide relief to the victims of gender-based violence in Yemen. The project aims to provide emergency services and support to the affected women.
KSRelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah signed the agreement during a virtual meeting with the UNPF.
The project will help victims of violence to integrate into society and ensure they receive psychological and social support to start their lives afresh. It will also strengthen mechanism to protect women from violence. AN Jeddah
Vocational training will also be provided to 28,640 women in Aden, Shabwa, Lahj, Mahra, Marib and Hadramout governorates. AN Jeddah
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.
The sleeping bags will help the displaced people fight the upcoming harsh winter. (SPA)
RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Tuesday distributed 12,000 sleeping bags among displaced Yemenis in several governorates across the war-torn country.
The sleeping bags will help the displaced people fight the upcoming harsh winter. The undersecretary of the Marib governorate, Dr. Abd Rabbo
Moftah, thanked KSRelief for its continued assistance to the impoverished 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.
#KSrelief continues to support the victims of the floods in #Sudan with the distribution of 400 tents and shelter aid, in addition to nutrition and food supply to multiples areas. (Supplied)
Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, supervisor general of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, spoke exclusively to Arab News
KSrelief currenly has 1,367 projects under way in 54 different countries with a total cost of $4.673 billion
JEDDAH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) provides assistance to “needy people around the world regardless of religious, ethnic, and political background. The aid is free of any agenda, based instead on the mission for which it was founded.” These words of Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, the supervisor-general of KSrelief, sum up in a nutshell Saudi Arabia’s commitment to peace, sanctity of human life and dignity. In an exclusive interview with Arab News, Al-Rabeeah discussed some of KSrelief’s 1,367 projects under way in 54 countries at a total cost of $4.673 billion (SR17.52 billion).
One area that KSrelief has focused on is the removal of landmines. Al-Rabeeah estimates Iran-backed militias in Yemen have laid as many as 1.1 million mines since the outbreak of the conflict. To date, more than 192,000 have been safely removed thanks to the KSrelief-affiliate, Project Masam.
Q: Is the work of KSrelief limited to just Arab and Islamic countries?
A: The humanitarian, relief and development activities of KSrelief extend to all needy countries of the world, including the Arab and Islamic countries. This is in line with KSrelief’s mission of providing aid to all needy and affected people around the world without the slightest discrimination (religious, ethnic, political or otherwise) and without linking aid to any agenda. KSrelief’s 1,367 projects and programs cover 54 different countries around the world on all its continents.
* 1,367 KSrelief projects.
* 54 Beneficiary countries.
* $4.673bn Total project costs.
* $269m Project costs for 2020.
* 259 Projects undertaken in 2018.
Q: Development through education and training projects constitutes a large part of KSRelief’s work. What is the purpose of that?
A: To date, 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, as well as enhancing educational opportunities for children outside school, which the Kingdom considers an important part of the humanitarian and relief work that it carries out.
In addition to that, KSrelief’s efforts included implementing vocational training programs in many countries to empower needy families by qualifying them with a profession or craft and enabling them with an income-generating project so that these families transform from being dependent on the community to being productive families that rely on themselves in securing the basic needs that help them to lead a decent life.
Q: Which are the main countries served by KSrelief, and how much aid has been provided to them?
A: KSrelief has a noticeable humanitarian presence in many of the affected countries and always seeks to extend a helping hand to these countries and peoples to alleviate their suffering and meet their basic needs according to an integrated system of education, health, food and shelter services. At the forefront of those countries is Yemen, which suffered a coup by the Houthi militia, which is supported by Iran.
KSrelief allocated most of its aid to the brothers in Yemen, and the projects implemented for Yemen amounted to 513 worth $3.253 billion. The Syrian people also received a large share of KSrelief’s support, as it implemented 225 projects in Syria with a total value of $296.9 million. It also carried out 88 projects in the occupied Palestinian territories with a value of $359.6 million. Other projects carried out by KSrelief include 54 projects in Somalia with a value of $197.8 million and 113 projects in Pakistan with a value of $120.4 million, among many others.
Q: How have KSrelief’s most recent projects helped displaced people in Yemen and communities affected by the Beirut port explosion and the Sudan floods?
A: Since its establishment, KSrelief has been working to provide various forms of humanitarian support to the Yemeni brothers, including shelter, food, health and education, covering all its governorates. KSrelief also initiated urgent relief for the brothers in Sudan, whose areas have recently been exposed to floods and natural disasters that have resulted in the loss of lives and property. An airlift was launched that included providing food, shelter, medical aid and assistance.
KSrelief also launched an airlift that included medical, housing and food aid for those affected by the Beirut port explosion, which had resulted in heavy losses of life, property and infrastructure. These urgent initiatives were the result of the generous directives of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in extending a helping hand to needy and affected countries.
Q: KSrelief is the only entity authorized to collect donations in the Kingdom. Has it been popular? Can non-residents donate?
A: KSrelief has an online donation platform for all its humanitarian and relief programs, through which donors, whether inside or outside the Kingdom, can create personal accounts that provide them with access to the programs they wish to support and donate to them using credit cards and electronic payment mechanisms. The platform also provides direct donations with the opportunity to link donations to the countries and programs of their choice.
This online platform is the only official platform that provides its users with the opportunity to donate to the programs of KSrelief, whose programs reach beneficiaries in many countries around the world, bearing in mind that the center does not deduct any administrative expenses from donations. As for its popularity, the platform is still new, and we hope for the best in the future.
Q: Health and the protection of women and children form part of KSrelief’s concern. Are there special funds allocated to these?
A: Each sector has a special budget and an amount allocated to it, regardless of the type of beneficiary. For example, the health sector has implemented 369 projects worth $797.8 million so far, while it has implemented 74 educational projects with a value of $181.3 million.
KSrelief has also carried out various projects for the benefit of women, amounting to more than 225 projects, and reached more than 62 million women worldwide in four years at a cost of $390 million. KSrelief also cares about children. Therefore, since its inception, it has managed to reach 114 million children through 234 projects. Therefore, the amount distributed to each project or each sector varies according to the size and type of the project.
Q: Project Masam is one of KSrelief’s most important initiatives implemented in Yemen. Is its remit limited to clearing landmines?
A: Project Masam is a Saudi humanitarian project specialized in clearing Yemeni lands of mines. Iranian-backed militias have laid more than 1.1 million mines across swathes of Yemen. Large quantities of them have been laid in areas inhabited by civilians.
Project Masam is removing these mines. It has so far cleared more than 192,000 from the land, schools and homes, many of them camouflage in a variety of shapes and colors and planted using different methods, killing and seriously injuring a large number of children, women and elderly people.
Q: How many Yemeni children have been helped through the child-soldier rehabilitation project?
A: KSrelief implements a qualitative program to rehabilitate children who have been recruited by the Houthi militia and thrown into the conflict as human shields. The center rehabilitates them, integrates them into society, returns them to their normal lives and provides social support so that they can live their lives as children.
This program, which received international acclaim, aims to educate parents about the dangers of child recruitment and works to create healthy family environments through awareness and educational sessions and by introducing laws that criminalize child recruitment.
Here I stress the importance of raising awareness of the danger of child recruitment, clarifying it to societies, and emphasizing the principles of human rights and international law that prohibit the exploitation of children in armed conflict.
Q: What facilities are provided for refugees inside Saudi Arabia, and how are they dealt with?
A: The Kingdom hosts hundreds of thousands of Yemeni, Syrian and Rohingya refugees who live on its territory as honored guests and visitors and not as refugees. They enjoy freedom of movement, enrollment in government schools, engagement in the labor market, and access to health services.
KSrelief has established a platform for refugees, displaced persons and visitors to highlight the type and volume of aid provided to them by Saudi Arabia both inside and outside the Kingdom. The aid provided to them has reached $13.7 billion so far.
Q: KSrelief works with several international organizations. How does it coordinate with them in Yemen and other beneficiary countries?
A: KSrelief is constantly and continuously coordinating with international humanitarian organizations to bring aid to the needy. In Yemen, KSrelief is one of the biggest supporters in the field of humanitarian work in all Yemeni governorates and regions. Therefore, all humanitarian organizations operating inside Yemen seek to coordinate with the center to facilitate the delivery of aid to the afflicted. KSrelief has branches inside Yemen that meet periodically with humanitarian organizations to provide exemplary work in the relief and humanitarian fields.
Q: How many volunteers support KSrelief? How are they integrated into its work?
A: KSrelief has established a platform for volunteering. The number of registered volunteers has reached 15,562, who have been classified according to their specialties and the center’s need for their services.
KSrelief’s volunteer programs fall under the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and are based on the principle of voluntary work as one of the seven principles of humanitarianism recognized by international law.
RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center on Tuesday distributed over 42 tons of food items among flood victims in Khartoum, Sudan.
In addition to sending aid to flood victims, the Kingdom is also assisting the country in its fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Earlier this week, the center handed over 100 tons of dates as a gift from Saudi Arabia to Sudan.
The Kingdom had been one of the largest donors to Sudan, with a total amount of donations exceeding $1.2 billion until 2019.
The center also organized a lecture on COVID-19 at its clinics operation in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.
Thirty-four Syrian refugees, who are health practitioners by profession, took part in the lecture given by Dr. Zakia Bukhari, a consultant on epidemiology and infectious diseases.
The aim of the lecture was to create awareness about ways to check the spread of the virus.
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.
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.
ADEN: Saudi Arabia’s aid organization has joined forces with the Benevolence Coalition for Humanitarian Relief (BCHR) to launch a training initiative for Yemeni women heads of household and orphans.
The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center will help coordinate the vocational sessions as part of the Seed of Safety project in Aden.
The scheme will include various training programs covering sewing, embroidery, the making of pastry, sweets, incense, and perfume, along with photography and montage. It will take place over two months, followed by the launch of 50 small projects in Aden and west coast areas.
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