Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation praises Arab Red Crescent’s humanitarian efforts

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Dr. Valerie Bemo, vice president of emergency response at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, held a meeting with officials from the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). (SPA)
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Dr. Valerie Bemo, vice president of emergency response at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, held a meeting with officials from the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). (SPA)
Updated 15 October 2018

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation praises Arab Red Crescent’s humanitarian efforts

JEDDAH: Dr. Valerie Bemo, vice president of emergency response at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has commended the efforts of the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO) and the diversity of their programs and activities.
“This diversity clearly shows through the areas of voluntary humanitarian action, the assistance of those in need or affected by crises, the alleviation of human suffering, the promotion of health and social welfare, the preservation of human rights in times of armed conflicts and the rapid emergency response,” she said.
Bemo praised the ARCO’s relentless pursuit to invest and use technology in humanitarian works, which will make response procedures much faster, as well as its efforts in spreading awareness about the mobility of national associations during disasters, capacity building, organizing volunteering programs and promoting international law.
She was speaking during her recent visit with her delegation to ARCO’s headquarters as part of the foundation’s visit to the Arab region.
They also met a number of donors, and humanitarian and civil society organizations in order to find common, innovative and tested solutions. These solutions are aimed at improving health and the standard of living, stimulating human growth and the speed of response.
The foundation discussed the mechanism of joint humanitarian action and was briefed about ARCO’s qualitative humanitarian projects and programs.
Dr. Saleh bin Hamad Al-Seheibani, head of ARCO, praised the delegation’s visit and considered it a chance to discuss cooperation and coordination to improve various areas of humanitarian work.
He also expressed his readiness to look into the details of humanitarian projects and choose those that can be implemented in accordance with the Foundation’s and ARCO’s strategy to support and coordinate humanitarian actions.
- SPA


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

FASTFACTS

• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.