KSRelief, UNICEF to vaccinate 1.14 million Yemeni children

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King Salman Relief team in Yemen. (SPA)
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King Salman Relief team in Yemen. (SPA)
Updated 09 July 2019

KSRelief, UNICEF to vaccinate 1.14 million Yemeni children

  • The vaccination program will be carried out across Yemen at a cost of $4.775 million
  • A cold room and a warehouse are currently being constructed in Aden and Sanaa

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) and UNICEF have signed an agreement to extend a children’s vaccination program in Yemen.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Moallem, head of health and environmental aid at KSRelief, told Arab News that the agreement would last for a six-month period. “The project aims to immunize 1.14 million Yemeni children within six months. It will be implemented in all parts of Yemen at a total cost of $4.775 million,” he said.

“KSRelief will also establish a central maintenance and repair workshop very soon, while a cold room and a warehouse are currently being constructed in Aden and Sanaa,” he added.

Al-Moallem noted that 75 percent of the program had already been completed, by vaccinating children under the age of one with the Pentavalent vaccine, which provides protection from several life-threatening diseases including diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, hepatitis B and influenza B.

FAST FACTS

  • KSRelief will establish a central maintenance and repair workshop.
  • The program will be carried out at fixed and mobile sites.
  • The program will provide 70 solar-powered refrigerators.

The agreement was signed by KSRelief’s Assistant Supervisor General of Operations and Programs Ahmed Al-Baiz and UNICEF Representative Eltayeb Adam at the center’s headquarters in Riyadh.

The renewed program will include improving immunization services provided at fixed and mobile sites for basic vaccinations against nine preventable diseases, as well as measles and rubella inoculations. The funding will also provide for the supply of vaccines and the transportation of supplies.

The program will provide 70 solar-powered refrigerators, three cold rooms, and seven sets of equipment for solar refrigerators. It will train 2,000 health workers on implementing immunization programs, and will facilitate 600 field visits with the distribution of brochures and health education lectures. 

Adam noted that the program would contribute to the wider health of Yemeni children, and thanked KSRelief for its work and generous financial support.


Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

Updated 13 November 2019

Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

  • Organizers promise this year’s line-up of international stars at Diriyah event will be bigger than ever

RIYADH: The first of the major international music acts that will perform at the Diriyah E-Prix this month will be announced on Wednesday.

There were incredible scenes at the event last year when David Guetta, One Republic, the Black Eyed Peas, Amr Diab, Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo rocked the UNESCO World Heritage site. About 40,000 fans flocked to the Diriyah Circuit, on the outskirts of Riyadh, for the after-race concerts, the first unsegregated music events in Saudi Arabia

The stage is set for even bigger and better things this year, with the promise of another two nights of unmissable music on Nov. 22 and 23 as the E-Prix racing returns.

“If you were one of the 40,000 who were lucky enough to be part of that watershed moment (last year) for the Kingdom, believe me, you have not seen anything yet,” said Prince Abdul Aziz Al-Faisal Al-Saud, chairman of the General Sports Authority.

“Last year we told people before we announced (the acts) they should get their tickets early to avoid disappointment. Once we revealed who was coming, the tickets sold out incredibly quickly. This year will be the same but even bigger, so for music fans who want to enjoy the biggest concerts in Saudi Arabia, the smart move is to get your ticket now.”

The Diriyah E Prix kicks off the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s premier all-electric motorsport series, with a double header of races. It also marks the start of Diriyah Season, a month of sport, entertainment, art, cultural festivities, food and retail experiences. Tickets for the Diriyah E Prix, which include entry to the after-race concerts, are available at www.diriyahseason.sa.