Saudi aid agency opens dialysis center in Beirut

Time: 19 September 2020

Saudi Arabian humanitarian agency inaugurates dialysis center at Al-Makassed Hospital in Beirut. (SPA)
  • The center distributed 1,740 food baskets, weighing more than 128 tons for the Syrian and Palestinian refugees

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) inaugurated the final stage of equipping the dialysis center at Al-Makassed Hospital in Beirut, in the presence of Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari.
The executive director of Al-Makassed Hospital, Dr. Mohammad Badr, received medical supplies, equipment and shelter materials from the director of KSRelief’s office in Lebanon, Fahad Al-Qannas.
The president of the Al-Makassed Islamic Charitable Society Hospital in Beirut, Dr. Faisal Sinno, thanked the Saudi government and people for their support of Lebanon, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.
Meanwhile, the center distributed 1,740 food baskets, weighing more than 128 tons for the Syrian and Palestinian refugees as well as the poorest Lebanese families, in a number of Lebanese cities, benefiting 8,700 individuals.

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KSRelief sends plane loads of aid to Sudan amid floods and COVID-19 pandemic

Time: 15 September 2020

Flood water fills a ditch in the ancient royal city at the archaeological site of Meroe, in the Sudanese al-Bajrawia area in the River Nile State, 200Km north of the capital, on September 9, 2020. – The ancient complex of Meroe, capital of the powerful Meroitic Empire lasting from 350 BCE to 350 CE, extends over 1500 Km in the Nile valley. It is composed of the necropolis of Kushite royalty with its renowned pyramids, as well as the royal city which hosted palaces, temples and administration, and that was threatened by the severe flooding of the Nile river that induced a country-wide state of emergency. (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP)
  • KSRelief sends planes filled with aid to Sudan

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has sent planes to Sudan filled with aid, including equipment to provide shelter, as well as medical and food supplies for affected regions and provinces hit by the recent flooding.

In addition, the Kingdom continued its support to Sudan to face the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by sending a plane carrying 105 tons of medical supplies.

Dr Afaf Al-Nahas, Director General of the National Fund for Medical Supplies in Sudan, praised the Kingdom’s initiatives and its enthusiasm to share the Sudanese society concerns, and participate in its programs.

In addition, she praised the efforts of Saudi Arabia and its continued support to Sudan and its people, assuring that the shipment of medicines offered by the Kingdom is currently the best support to the Sudanese Ministry of Health, in order to continue fighting the pandemic in the Capital and in various provinces.

Finally, she expressed her thanks to King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, deputy prime minister and defense minister, for their continuous efforts to help humanity around the globe, in line with the Kingdom’s tradition in helping humans with no exceptions.

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KSrelief Calls on International Community to Take Immediate Action on Safer Oil Tanker Issue

Time: 14  September 2020

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) calls upon the United Nations and the rest of the international community to take urgent and immediate action to contain the risk of the explosion or sinking of the Safer oil tanker. The tanker, which is anchored at a distance of 4.8 nautical miles off Ras Isa Port in the Al Hudaydah Governorate, is carrying more than a million and a half barrels of crude oil, and is at risk of creating a major oil spill in the Red Sea – an event which would cause a major environmental disaster in Yemen and other countries with Red Sea coastlines. Thus far, the Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Yemen who control the area where the tanker is located, have ignored all international pleas and warnings about the potentially catastrophic oil spill; they have repeatedly refused either to perform necessary maintenance on the tanker themselves or to allow a team of international experts to access it and take steps to avoid disaster.

KSrelief noted in a recent statement that the condition of the Safer oil tanker has reached a critical state of degradation, and that the situation is a threat to all Red Sea countries, particularly Yemen. The center added that the aging tanker is at risk of exploding at any time due to the ongoing lack of the performance of critical maintenance since the Houthi coup. In addition to the real possibility of an imminent explosion, the overall deterioration of the tanker’s pipe system and other equipment and the disruption of its firefighting system make the condition of the tanker even more precarious, and more dangerous. The degradation of the tanker’s pipes and other infrastructure, if left unaddressed, will cause inert gases and crude oil to leak, spilling the huge cargo of crude oil directly into the Red Sea; from there, it will spread into the Bab al-Mandab Strait and into the Arabian Sea.  Not only will large-scale destruction of the marine environment result in the isolation of more than 115 Red Sea islands, such a catastrophic spill would also effectively end the ability of island residents to live and work there.

The KSrelief statement stressed upon the urgent need for comprehensive maintenance of the tanker, immediate intervention to oblige the militias to allow UN technical team to carry out this maintenance, and to enable technical and engineering teams to unload the crude oil as soon as possible and in an environmentally acceptable manner.

KSrelief calls upon the international humanitarian community, including UN organizations and agencies, to take a stand against this serious environmental threat to Red Sea coastal populations in order to save lives and livelihoods, but also to avoid the potential disruption of aid delivery to Yemen by sea, which is an important method for getting aid to many parts of the country.

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KSrelief Distributes Food Baskets near Sa’dah

Time: 09 September 2020

MIDI, YEMEN: Today, King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) distributed 594 food baskets, weighing 43 tons and 956 kilograms, to assist poor and displaced families in the areas of Bani Fi’dah, Al-Ja’ada, Al-Tanabaka and Al-Muda from the Midi district of the Hajjah governorate, which is  adjacent to the Sa’dah governorate. Some 1,782 people will benefit from the urgent food aid, which is being handed out in cooperation with the Al-Khair Coalition for Humanitarian Relief.

The food assistance is part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s efforts, through KSrelief, to provide comprehensive, impartial support to the Yemeni people during the many ongoing challenges they are experiencing.

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Dr. Al Rabeeah meets with Norwegian Ambassador to KSA

Time: 08  September 2020

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Supervisor General of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), met today at the center’s headquarters in Riyadh with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Saudi Arabia, Oifend Stock.

During the meeting, the two officials discussed joint cooperation between the two countries in the field of humanitarian and relief work, as well as topics related to the global humanitarian repercussions of COVID-19. Dr. Al Rabeeah also briefed Ambassador Stock on KSrelief’s work to alleviate suffering and provide assistance to those in need in countries around the world.

Following their meeting the Norwegian Ambassador praised the Kingdom’s work through KSrelief to provide impartial, comprehensive aid globally.

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KSrelief Distributes Shelter Aid to Flood Victims in Sudan’s Sinar State

Time: 07  September 2020

SINAR, SUDAN: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), in cooperation with Al-Egtinam Organization for Human Development, distributed shelter materials yesterday to residents of the Nile neighborhood of Abu Hajjar in the Sudanese state of Sinar. The aid, which included tents, blankets, mattresses and shelter kits, will provide urgent assistance to those affected by recent floods in the area, and is part of a larger flood-relief project being carried out by KSrelief in various parts of the Republic of Sudan.

KSrelief has delivered 90 tons of food and emergency aid to flood victims as follows: 300 tents, 300 shelter kits, 1,800 blankets, 16 tons of food baskets and 40 tons of dates; beneficiary areas include affected parts of the Khartoum, Sinar and Al Jazeera states. A total of 31,980 people will benefit from this aid, which is part of the comprehensive relief work being done by the Kingdom, represented by KSrelief, to provide urgent assistance to the Sudanese people in light of the various challenges and crises in the country.

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KSrelief and UNDP Implement Agricultural Projects in Yemen

Time: 01 September 2020

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as part of an emergency support project to assist Yemeni farmers, is implementing a number of initiatives, including providing farmers with tools and equipment, improving their livelihoods and their ability to provide for their families, protecting their land from desertification and increasing agricultural production. The project also addresses water shortages to help the farmers better provide for their livestock and increase agricultural outputs. 
Through this support, KSrelief hopes to create economic opportunities and improve both agricultural and non-agricultural livelihoods in areas conducive to the implementation of early economic recovery projects. The center seeks to accomplish these goals by supporting and incentivizing agricultural professionals.
KSrelief is also implementing an emergency support project for the most affected families in six Yemeni provinces: Taiz, Lahj, Abyan, Al-Dalla, Hajjah and Omran, with the aim of enhancing food security and providing livelihoods for 70,000 people. The government’s policy of “strengthening the state of the economy” has also been enhanced by the development of a reliable system for rehabilitating the production infrastructure of commercial fisheries.
This comes within the framework of the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, represented by KSrelief, to provide a variety of humanitarian services to the Yemeni people during the ongoing crisis in their country. 

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Two KSrelief Trucks Cross Al Wadiah Port with Medical Aid for Aden and Ma’rib

Time: 31 August 2020

AL-WADEEAH, YEMEN: Between 24 and 26 August 2020, two trucks from King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) crossed the Al Wadiah border crossing point from Saudi Arabia carrying 11 tons and 272 kilograms of medical supplies, including 24 wheelchairs and a variety of medicines. The medical aid was bound for the Aden and Ma’rib provinces to support health care services in those two regions.

KSrelief provides ongoing impartial assistance to all parts of Yemen to alleviate the suffering on the Yemeni people – hundreds of multisector projects.

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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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KSrelief Delivers Respirators to Fight COVID-19 in Hadramawt

Time: 18 August 2020

MUKALLA, YEMEN: Yesterday, King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) handed over to the office of the Ministry of Public Health and Population in the Hadramawt coast a batch of artificial ventilators as part of special medical assistance to combat the spread of the new Coronavirus (Coved-19) virus in the Republic of Yemen.

The Undersecretary of Hadramawt Province for Financial and Administrative Affairs, Dr. Ahmed Hassan Basareeh, expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by KSrelief, for its support of Hadramawt. He added that the various forms of medical aid being provided are vital to combating the spread of COVID-19, and that these devices would be distributed to hospitals and special isolation centers that receive HIV-infected cases in Hadramawt province.

This comes as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to support the Yemeni people in all fields, including helping them address the COVID-19 epidemic and reduce its effects.

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