Bill Gates praises Muslim World League’s work in supporting rural health

Bill Gates, center, arrives to attend the NEC event in Abuja on Thursday. (AFP)
Updated 26 March 2018

Bill Gates praises Muslim World League’s work in supporting rural health

RIYADH: Bill Gates acknowledged how much help the experience of the Muslim World League (MWL) in developmental health would be for his foundation's future projects in Nigeria. He also expressed his admiration for the work of the MWL’s health center in N’Djamena, capital of Chad.
During his visit to the center, the founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation highlighted the medical efforts, the family care and childcare programs the center provides for the poor and the sick in the city, and praised the MWL for establishing the International Islamic Relief Organization, one of the best international organizations working on developmental and rural health.
Regional director of the league's office in West Africa, Mahmoud Omar Flata, said the medical center consists of 16 rooms that provide health, technical and administrative services from a lobby and a dispensary to a laboratory and X-ray center, in addition to eight beds for men and eight for women, rooms for dental clinics, consultations and follow-up appointments for pregnant women, maternity, vaccination, technical supervision, administration and accounts.
The center also contains the most modern medical equipment, including a dental unit, laboratory equipment, an ultrasound machine, an electrocardiogram, a doctor’s office, a delivery bed and obstetric kits. The equipment is renewed periodically, according to health needs and medical developments.
The organization emphasized that their charity work does not differentiate between religion or race, and that the Shariah law encouraged members to contribute in feeding prisoners who were held captive after fighting for Islam.


Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Updated 22 October 2020

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies. 
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.