KSA's aid agency gives $1.9bn in international aid

The center has also provided health and food aid to the Yemeni people. (SPA)
Updated 29 October 2018

KSA's aid agency gives $1.9bn in international aid

  • KSRelief launched its activities in May 2015 under the guidance of King Salman

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has provided financial aid to 457 developmental projects — amounting to $1,901,539,026 — in cooperation with 125 partners.
The projects covered food security with 162 projects worth $532,992,642 and 127 health-related projects worth $447,330,704.
KSRelief provided funds for 29 early-recovery projects with a total value of $120,276,571, 22 other projects worth $106,436,742, 25 water and environmental sanitation projects worth $126,938,242 and 24 housing and non-food projects worth $118,086,654.
KSRelief has also provided funds for many other projects involving support and coordination of humanitarian operations, protection, logistics, nutrition and emergency communications.
According to the monthly statistics bulletin issued by KSRelief, the center has provided assistance and funds in Yemen through the implementation of 277 projects, with a total value of $1.65.926.589 from May 2015 until the end of August 2018.
The center’s humanitarian and relief work reached Rohingya people displaced within Myanmar and those who sought refuge in Bangladesh. With the participation of five partners, the center implemented 12 projects there worth $16,504,421 from May 2015 until the end of August 2018.
With the help of 14 partners, KSRelief has implemented 44 projects to mitigate the suffering of the Syrian people, worth $78,303,271. The same applies to Somalia, with seven projects worth $16,828,628.
In August 2018, the center provided aid amounting to $500,000 to the government of Yemen through the national committee investigating allegations of human rights violations in Yemen.
The center has also provided health and food aid to the Yemeni people.
In August 2018, the center implemented a project in the northern countryside of Aleppo, targeting young men and women and providing vocational training and computer classes for them, as well as launching a project to rehabilitate public utilities in the area.
KSRelief launched its activities in May 2015 under the guidance of King Salman.
Its work covers 40 countries, four of which received the largest share of aid. Yemen was first with a total of $1,645,926,589 (86.55 percent), followed by Syria with $78,303,271 (4.11 percent), Somalia with $16.828,628 (0.88 percent) and Rohingya with $16,804,421 (about 0.88 percent).


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.

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• 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.