KSRelief agrees to $31m extension to Yemeni land mines clearance project

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Saudi land mines clearance project aims to help cut the number of deaths and injuries caused to Yemenis. (SPA)
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Saudi land mines clearance project aims to help cut the number of deaths and injuries caused to Yemenis. (SPA)
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Saudi land mines clearance project aims to help cut the number of deaths and injuries caused to Yemenis. (SPA)
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Saudi land mines clearance project aims to help cut the number of deaths and injuries caused to Yemenis. (SPA)
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Saudi land mines clearance project aims to help cut the number of deaths and injuries caused to Yemenis. (SPA)
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Saudi land mines clearance project aims to help cut the number of deaths and injuries caused to Yemenis. (SPA)
Updated 16 July 2019

KSRelief agrees to $31m extension to Yemeni land mines clearance project

  • Al-Rabeeah noted that the MASAM program was aimed at ensuring current and future security for the Yemeni people

RIYADH: A Saudi land mines clearance project in Yemen is to run for another year thanks to an investment of almost $31 million (SR116 million).

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has extended the contract for its MASAM initiative for one year, which will see Saudi and international experts continue to clear mines especially in the governorates of Marib, Aden, Sanaa and Taiz.

The project aims to help cut the number of deaths and injuries caused to Yemenis by hidden explosive devices.

Dr. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Rabeeah, adviser at the Royal Court and KSRelief general supervisor, said the contract renewal came as a result of the center’s humanitarian responsibility toward its brothers in Yemen.

He added that the Iranian-backed Houthi militias’ mines were randomly planted to target civilians, causing permanent injuries and chronic disabilities to children and the elderly among other victims.

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In its first phase, the project had been launched to extract more than 74,000 mines and shells.

Al-Rabeeah noted that the MASAM program was aimed at ensuring current and future security for the Yemeni people and was one of several projects and initiatives provided by the Kingdom as part of its efforts to bring stability and development to the war-torn Middle Eastern country.

He said that through centers established by KSRelief in the governorates of Marib and Aden to provide artificial limbs for the victims of mines, hundreds of prostheses had been fitted.

Al-Rabeeah said that the project, in its first phase, had been launched to extract more than 74,000 mines and shells, and he thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their continued support for KSRelief and its work throughout the world.


Saudi center for disease prevention signs agreement with Swedish agency

Updated 16 December 2019

Saudi center for disease prevention signs agreement with Swedish agency

  • The two parties agreed to promote and develop public health initiatives of common concern

RIYADH: The National Center for Disease Prevention and Control has signed a cooperation agreement with the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

The agreement will strengthen ties and enhance cooperation between the two countries in public health within the framework of cooperation prepared in 2019.

On behalf of the center, Dr. Abdullah Al-Gwizani, executive director-general, signed the agreement with his Swedish counterpart, Dr. Johan Carlsson.

The two parties agreed to promote and develop public health initiatives of common concern, as well as outlining the fields of work covered.

These fields included the workforce, organizational development, institutional strategy, business planning, specialized microbiology laboratories, health economics, non-communicable disease prevention, promotion of healthy lifestyles, the monitoring of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and health improvement.

Dr. Al-Gwizani said that the agreement would last for five years. It would then be reviewed and renewed after the agreement of both parties.

“These agreements reinforce the center’s role in creating new health practices and developing the performance of the public health sector,” he said. “Benefiting from well-established organizations such as the Public Health Agency of Sweden confirms our eagerness to convey the best practices to the public health sector locally, as well as exchanging experiences.”