KSRelief signs vital aid deals to help Yemenis during Ramadan

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center provides free health services to Yemenis. (SPA)
Updated 07 May 2019

KSRelief signs vital aid deals to help Yemenis during Ramadan

  • Two deals will provide much needed food and medical aid to Yemenis

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has signed two major deals to provide vital aid to Yemenis during Ramadan.

Emergency health services and food support are among the multimillion-dollar contracts agreed between the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) and a civil society organization in war-torn Yemen.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of KSRelief, said on Tuesday that the aid programs aimed to save the lives of at-risk Yemenis and offer emergency and free health care to internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Special nutritional foods will be given to children under the age of five, and other services will include vaccinations for mothers and children, reproductive health care for mothers and lactating women, pregnancy follow-up, treatment of injuries, activation of a medical referral system, health education, and the safe disposal of waste.

Al-Rabeeah said the first contract signed will be directed toward 91,250 IDPs in the Hodeidah governorate. A second agreement will provide clean drinking water, and sanitation and hygiene services to 30,000 IDPs in the same region. A safe and healthy waste disposal system will be installed to reduce the risk of spread of disease.

The project will also secure healthy daily-use water sources, including the transporting and packaging of water, provision of hygiene kits and the establishment of an area for safe waste collection and disposal.

Al-Rabeeah recently signed two other agreements to provide food aid to the people of Yemen as part of the $240 million Saudi-UAE “Imdad” initiative.

UN World Food Program (WFP) representative, Rehan Asad, said: “The generous contribution from Saudi Arabia and the UAE will make a significant impact on innocent people in Yemen.”

“This contribution of $240 million will really assist the WFP to help the people of Yemen in the month of Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr, to support them and their families to survive and to have the food support they truly deserve,” Asad added.

“On behalf of the WFP, we thank Saudi Arabia and the UAE for their generous contribution. WFP is committed to helping the people in Yemen, along with our partners and looks forward to continuing its partnerships in the future.”

Saad Abdul Aziz Al-Khalb, president of the Saudi Ports Authority

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Saad Abdul Aziz Al-Khalb, president of the Saudi Ports Authority

Saad Abdul Aziz Al-Khalb has been president of the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) since 2018.

On Thursday, he and other officials greeted the first group of Sudanese Hajj pilgrims to arrive in the Kingdom by sea.

Al-Khalb said the operational plan prepared for this year’s Hajj aims to receive 22,000 pilgrims through Jeddah Islamic Port, a 37 percent increase from 2018.

The authority, in cooperation with various government sectors and agencies, aims to ensure Hajj pilgrims’ comfort during their stay in the Kingdom.

Jeddah Islamic Port will receive pilgrims until Aug. 6, and more than 266 personnel will be involved in overseeing this year’s Hajj season.

These workers will include maritime pilots, ship captains, technical and operational supervisors, security teams and technical affairs managers.

Al-Khalb holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

He served as vice chairman of the Saudi Civil Aviation Holding Co., and was a member of the board of directors at the General Authority of Civil Aviation.

Al-Khalb served as deputy transport minister from 2017 to 2018. He also held several senior positions in the private sector. Most recently, he was CEO of the Saudi British Bank (SABB).

He has more than 25 years’ experience, having started his career at a number of specialized companies such as the Advanced Electronics Co. and Schlumberger, an oilfield services firm.