KSRelief team reviews works in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh

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A team of specialists from the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) visit Rohingya Refugee Camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. (SPA)
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A team of specialists from the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) visit Rohingya Refugee Camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. (SPA)
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A team of specialists from the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) visit Rohingya Refugee Camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. (SPA)
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A team of specialists from the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) visit Rohingya Refugee Camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. (SPA)
Updated 21 July 2018

KSRelief team reviews works in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh

JEDDAH: A team of specialists from the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief), headed by Abdulaziz bin Salem Al-Quraini, visited Rohingya Refugee Camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh on Friday.
The visitors inspected the warehouses both at the Sadar Hospital in Cox’s Bazar and the Malaysian-run field hospital, which were set up and supported by the KSRelief to provide medical services to the refugees.
The team examined the medical equipment delivered by the KSRelief to support both the hospitals where they were briefed on expansion work and the equipment and medical solutions for the treatment of cholera.
During the visit, the team witnessed the delivery of intravenous medical solutions for the treatment of cholera in the hospital, in the presence of World Health Organization (WHO) representatives.
The team learned about services provided by the Sadar District Hospital and toured its most important departments, speaking to patients about their needs. Later they visited the site of the proposed expansion project that aims to provide secondary health care to residents of the area and Rohingya refugees.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, KSRelief and the WHO have undertaken a joint improvement project to enhance health care services at the Sadar Hospital for Rohingyas and their host communities. It aims to double the number of in-patient beds to 500, improve trauma and emergency obstetric care services and boost outpatient care.
Funds will be also used to revamp wards for men, women and children, develop the laboratory, update the intensive care unit and surgery wards to accommodate an additional 250 beds, as well as supplying medicines and equipment.
Additional doctors, nurses and cleaners will be hired to help improve the hospital services and training will be conducted in infection prevention and treating diseases such as diarrhea.
This visit is a continuation of the generous directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who have provided urgent assistance to Rohingyas refugees fleeing to Myanmar’s neighbors.


Saudi Arabia's Princess Nourah University opens admissions for animation, photography degrees

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Saudi Arabia's Princess Nourah University opens admissions for animation, photography degrees

RIYADH: The College of Arts and Design at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) announced the introduction of two new programs in animation and photography in the new academic year on Sunday.

The decision was made in response to the needs of the Saudi labor market and falls in line with the goals of the Vision 2030 initiative. Animation and photography join fashion and textile design, sculpture, printmaking, and graphic design and digital media as arts degrees offered by PNU.

Dr. Maha Khayyat, dean of the College of Design and Art, spoke about the programs and said that they were curated with the graduates’ working futures in mind.

“The College of Designs and Arts is keen to integrate its various specializations and the participation of the students enrolled in them in joint projects to work together, and training them to join the labor market,” said Khayyat.

The animation program will include courses on designing cartoon characters and the basics of writing films and sound. It will give graduates the skills to create animated films and to integrate into the industry on a local, regional, or even global scale. Khayyat said that the students’ work could help to highlight Saudi culture and enhance national identity.

The photography program provided students with skills in both still and moving photography. Graduates will be well-equipped to handle any type of professional photography, from product shoots and fashion shows to photojournalism.

The news was welcomed by professionals in both fields. The animation industry in Saudi Arabia has been enjoying unprecedented success this year. The hugely popular YouTube animated series Masameer, from the Saudi Myrkott studio, was adapted into a full-length feature film and played in cinemas across the Kingdom in January. Saudi animation studio Manga Productions debuted the country’s first anime series in the same month entitled “Future’s Folktales”, in collaboration with Japan’s legendary TOEI Animation studios.

Farah Arif, a senior animator at Manga Productions who studied computer science, told Arab News that it was about time studying animation became a viable option for Saudi creatives.

“I wish the opportunity had been made available to me. There’s a huge market for animators in Saudi Arabia, especially with the film industry gaining popularity. Saudi creatives finally have a chance to make a living off their art, and to pursue the study of it in their home countries. It’s a huge step forward,” she said.

She also recommends that anyone thinking of pursuing a career in the arts to do so, given the current environment and level of support from the government.

“Most of us in the industry have been successful without the relevant degrees. Imagine what you could do if you actually had one. The opportunity is there, so you can’t use the lack of a degree course as an excuse anymore. If you have the passion and the drive, go for it.”