Time: 21 September 2020
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) virtually signed today a joint cooperation agreement with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to implement seven various projects in Yemen, at a total cots of USD 46,000,000 – part of the United Nations Humanitarian Response Plan in Yemen 2020.
The three agreement was signed by the Advisor-Royal Court and Supervisor General of KSrelief, Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, with the UNICEF Representative in the Gulf area, Mr. Eltayeb Adam.
The agreement aims to support the access of Yemeni children affected by the coronavirus pandemic “COVID-19” to educational opportunities through distance learning, and developing preparedness plans to safely return to schools. It also aims to support building the capacities of educational personnel and institutions by providing training programs and raising awareness to deal with the pandemic; in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and local channels in 20 governorates in Yemen. Another aim is to support the access of Yemeni children to quality education opportunities by equipping schools, providing educational supplies for students, and building the capacities of the educational staff in the governorates of Abyan, Aden, Al Bayda, Dhamar, Dhale, Al Jawf, Al Mahwit, Amant Al Asemah, Amran, Raymah, Sa’dah, Shabwah, Taiz, Al Mahrah, Ibb, Hadramawt, Ma’rib, Sana’a, Hajjah, Al Hudaydah, Lahij, and Socotra.
Moreover, the agreement includes enabling children and their families to access psychosocial support and mental health services in 19 Yemeni governorates, as part of the Child Protection Project in Yemen. In addition to an emergency response to “COVID-19” in targeted health facilities in 9 governorates by securing all equipment to receive patients in the ICU, including ventilators, patient monitors, and AED/Defibrillator. Also, establishing 60 respiratory triage points in hospitals and primary health care centers, providing personal protection equipment for medical staff, and training health staff on the measures taken to address the outbreak of the pandemic. As well as integrated emergency health response to ensure continuity and expansion of services, with the aim of supporting the resilience of the health sector during the pandemic. Achieving the resilience will be by building a new warehouse in accordance with standard procedures to storage health supplies in a suitable place supported with furniture and equipment needed. In addition to purchasing necessary medicines for health centers and hospitals for children’s diseases, including antibiotics, fever reducers and watery diarrhea medicines.
The agreement also includes the operational cost of a large group of hospitals and health centers, and securing personal protection items for medical staff in all Yemeni governorates. As well as reducing injuries and deaths due to malnutrition among children and pregnant and lactating women in 8 governorates, that have high levels of acute malnutrition, through maintaining the provision of life-saving interventions and preventive nutrition in conjunction with primary health, and WASH interventions.
After the signing, Dr. Al Rabeeah stated, “Under the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Macaques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince, we sign today the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s agreement, represented by KSrelief, with UNICEF.” He pointed out that this important agreement is part of the Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen 2020, with a value of USD 46 million for 16,851,000 recipients in Yemen. He explained that this agreement includes seven projects. The first is a health project (USD 11,200,000) for 4,400,000 recipients, the second is a WASH project (USD 9,200,000) for nearly 2.5 million recipients, and the third project is to combat malnutrition for children and mothers (USD 7,600,000) for nearly 175,000 recipients. The fourth project is to fight COVID-19 (USD 4,000,000) for 9,000,000 recipients, and the fifth project is for health awareness and education about COVID-19 epidemic (USD 2,000,000) for nearly 230,000 recipients. The sixth project is to support education (USD 8,000,000) for nearly 252,000 recipients, and the seventh and last project is for protection and prevention (USD 4,000,000) for 241,000 recipients.
Dr. Al Rabeeah concluded by appreciating the strategic partnership between KSrelief and UNICEF that contributes to human suffering everywhere.
The UNICEF Representative in the Gulf area, Mr. Eltayeb Adam, thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its generous and continuous support for the UNICEF’s programs in Yemen. He noted that the USD 46 million grant will assist UNICEF in providing support to children and their families in the areas of health, nutrition, WASH, education and protection. It also supported UNICEF to combat the COVID-19 epidemic in Yemen by training health personnel and providing medical and other supplies.