KSRelief sends aid for kidney patients in Yemen

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center volunteers at work in Yemen’s Al-Bayda governorate. (SPA)
Updated 12 December 2018
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KSRelief sends aid for kidney patients in Yemen

  • The program aims to help the children return to their normal lives, through teaching them and practicing different sports, as well as field trips

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has dispatched additional medical aid for Yemen to ensure an uninterrupted supply of medicines for kidney patients under treatment in various hospitals in the war-torn country.
Dr. Abdullah Saleh Al-Moallem, director of KSRelief’s Health and Environmental Aid Department, said the relief goods including medical supplies for patients with acute renal problems crossed Al-Wadiah Port on Monday and were on its way to Yemen’s Al-Mahwit and Al-Bayda governorates.
“The aid is part of a huge medical project worth SR21 million that aims to provide medical supplies to all parts of Yemen ensuring uninterrupted health services,” he said.
Al-Moallem said the medical supplies will be distributed without any discrimination. He said seven KSRelief trucks carrying relief materials are also on their way to Marib governorate. The center is also actively involved in the rehabilitation of children affected by the war. It regularly organizes recreational trips for such children.
The program aims to help the children return to their normal lives, through teaching them and practicing different sports, as well as field trips.
KSRelief plans to rehabilitate 2,000 children who were recruited by the Iranian-backed Houthis.
Recently, the center carried out sewing classes as part of its program to develop manual skills in five Yemeni provinces to support orphan families.
Landmines
The Saudi Project for Landmines Clearance in Yemen (MASAM), launched by KSRelief, has managed to clear 22,952 landmines planted by the Houthi militia.
In the last week of November, members of the project managed to dismantle some 1,462 landmines planted in schools and residential areas.

Injured Yemenis
The center has provided treatment for more than 21,000 injured Yemenis, both inside and outside Yemen.
A total of 6,452 Yemenis received treatment in private sector hospitals in Yemen, while 1,000 received treatment in Yemeni medical centers specializing in eye injuries.
In addition, 12,795 cases were transferred to Saudi Arabia, 534 to Jordan, 280 to Sudan and one to India. The injured Yemenis expressed appreciation to KSRelief for its efforts to treat them.
KSRelief provides health services to all Yemeni people in coordination with the Yemeni Higher Relief Committee represented by the Yemeni Ministry of Health and Population, and local and international partners.


Dr. Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Aqeeli, vice rector at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

Updated 26 May 2019
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Dr. Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Aqeeli, vice rector at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

Dr. Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Aqeeli is the vice rector for applied studies and research at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran.

He has been published more than 100 times in reputable journals and given lectures at more than 35 conferences. He has been involved in research grants exceeding SR120 million ($32 million) supported by companies and institutions such as the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Saudi Aramco, KFUPM and Lockheed Martin Aircraft Industries.

Al-Aqeeli has 17 patents registered with the US Patent Office and three with the Gulf Patent Office. He got his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from KFUPM and his doctorate in materials engineering from McGill University in Canada.

He worked in the materials, science, and engineering department of MIT as a postdoctoral fellow and was a research scientist at Harvard.

Al-Aqeeli has won several awards, including the Almarai prize from KACST for creative achievement in 2015 and the Arab Creativity Award from the Arab Thought Foundation that same year. He is a member of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society, the American Society for Metals-International, and chairman of the board at the Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering.

Female students of KFUPM represented the Kingdom at Intel ISEF 2019 in Arizona, US. They won five major awards. Shouq Faisal Madani received a scholarship from the University of Arizona. 

Commenting on the achievement of KFUPM students, Al-Aqeeli said: “We are proud of the students of the university.”

He also vowed to take measures to promote and nurture local talent.