KSrelief Virtually Signs a Joint Cooperation Agreement with UNICEF for Yemen

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.

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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 launches training initiative for Yemeni women

Time: 04 September 2020

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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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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