Alarming rise in AIDS cases

Updated 15 July 2014

Alarming rise in AIDS cases

There is a marked increase in the number of HIV (AIDS) patients by 19 percent annually, according to Mosa Hiaza’a, director of the Saudi Charity Association for AIDS Patients.
“The association has registered 630 HIV patients this year which is a hundred percent increase over last year,” Hiaza’a said quoting the latest statistics issued by the association in June 2014. He added that most of the patients were men.
He said that 2,500 patients live with their families and are in touch with the association which provides them with services and a variety of emotional or educational programs.
“The Association monitors the patients and learns about their lifestyles, families’ conditions and provides emotional and economic support which helps them to integrate with the community,” Hiaza’a said.
In addition, the association organizes home visits in order to encourage them and make them feel part of society.
The association further contributes with financial support to help patients get married. It has succeeded in helping 130 HIV patients to get married in the last five years.
Th director said: “The number of healthy babies born to female AIDS patients reached 90 children.”
The women were registered with the Ministry of Health where they were put through some stringent medical tests. They were also given the necessary treatment to be able to have healthy babies free from AIDS, according to Hiaza’a.
The association is instrumental in helping patients to learn the value of patience and to adhere to Islamic principles through psychological rehabilitation programs.

FaceOf: Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, Saudi military chief of staff

Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili
Updated 20 June 2018

FaceOf: Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, Saudi military chief of staff

The military Chief of Staff of Saudi Arabia, Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, relayed Eid Al-Fitr greetings from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to members of the armed forces in the southern region.

Al-Ruwaili visited Prince Sultan Medical Military City in Riyadh to check on the wounded soldiers and relay the king's Eid greetings as well as his appreciation of their love for their country and the sacrifices they have made for the safety of the Kingdom.

Al-Ruwaili became Saudi Arabia’s chief of staff in February 2018 after the retirement of Gen. Abdulrahman Al-Bunayan.

Al-Ruwaili was born in Turaif, a small town in the Northern Borders region, in 1958. He went to school there, completing high school in Arar, then joined King Faisal Air Academy in Riyadh where he graduated as lieutenant pilot.

After that, he received a scholarship and traveled to the US to complete his flight training at Lakeland in Florida. He did a master’s in military science from Air Command and Staff College, and earned a second master’s degree in strategic studies from the US Air University in Alabama.

He returned to the Kingdom, and worked on several air military bases until he became a squadron commander and then a wing commander. He was an assistant at the air base in Taif, before he became commander of King Fahd Air Base in the western sector of Taif.

In 2012, Al-Ruwaili was appointed as commander of the Air Force, before King Salman issued the royal decree that promoted him to the rank of General Officer and made him the Kingdom’s chief of staff.