Al-Balsam International Organization performs cardiac surgeries in Yemen’s Mukalla

The organization’s medical team performed an open-heart surgery and seven therapeutic cardiac catheterizations on Yemeni citizens. (SPA)
Updated 28 May 2018

Al-Balsam International Organization performs cardiac surgeries in Yemen’s Mukalla

  • The target of the campaign, which runs from May 26 to June 2, is to perform 10 open-heart surgeries
  • Al-Balsam’s medical campaigns in Yemen started in 2003

RIYADH: On the first day of its operations, Al-Balsam International Organization on Sunday succeeded in saving the lives of 8 Yemeni people in the port city of Mukalla, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The organization’s medical team performed an open-heart surgery and seven therapeutic cardiac catheterizations on Yemeni citizens.
The target of the campaign, which runs from May 26 to June 2, is to perform 10 open-heart surgeries and around 90 therapeutic cardiac catheterizations.
The governor of Hadramout Province, Maj. Gen. Faraj Salmeen Al-Bahsani, thanked Saudi Arabia and Al-Balsam’s team, who were prevented from arriving in time by cyclone Mekunu, for providing medical services to heart patients in Yemen on a daily basis during their stay.
On the sidelines of his meeting with Al-Balsam’s medical team on Sunday at the Charitable Foundation of Cardiology in the city of Mukalla, Al-Bahsani said: “This is the medical team’s second visit, and what those consultant cardiologists from Saudi Arabia are doing is great, distinctive, and very humane.”
He praised the enthusiasm and determination of the medical team, who are keen to help heart patients in Hadramout and in Yemen after their circumstances prevented them from traveling abroad to receive medical attention.
The executive director of Al-Balsam International Organization, Emad Bukhari, said Al-Balsam’s medical campaigns in Yemen started in 2003 and have always been welcomed in the Yemeni provinces in which they have worked.


Four Saudi students to compete at international science and engineering fair

Updated 17 February 2020

Four Saudi students to compete at international science and engineering fair

  • Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition
  • The four women from Jeddah were winners at the Kingdom’s National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity

RIYADH: Four Saudi students will represent the Kingdom at a major international science and engineering fair in the US later this year.

The four women from Jeddah were winners at the Kingdom’s National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity. They will be competing against more than 1,700 students from 77 countries at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) for more than $5 million in awards and scholarships.

The Saudi students traveling to Arizona in May are Dan Mohammed Al-Yafei and Tharaa Tariq Al-Dabbagh, who won an award at the olympiad in the field of science and the environment, and Lana Fahd Al-Abbasi and Zeina Tariq Maimani, who won in the field of physics and astronomy.

Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition and is an opportunity for young minds around the world to share ideas and showcase cutting-edge projects.

Intel ISEF says the winners are selected on their creative ability, scientific thought, as well as the thoroughness, skill and clarity shown in their projects.

Former Intel ISEF participant Wud Al-Saadoon won first place in the finals of the Kingdom’s National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity after working extensively on her project. She discovered her passion for science when she was in third grade, passing all aptitude tests for elementary, intermediate and high school and registering in Mawhiba enrichment programs starting from elementary school to high school.

“These programs allow students to enrol temporarily in a Saudi university,” she told Arab News. “This is how I participated as a high school student in the second olympiad program before I enrolled at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.”

She specialized in renewable chemical energy and made a special device which won her third place in a local competition.

She then qualified for Intel ISEF, where she won fourth place in the field of chemical energy last year.