Muslim World League launches relief, development projects in Senegal

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Muslim World League health workers in action in Senegal. (SPA)
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Muslim World League workers who participated in relief and development projects in Senegal. (SPA)
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Muslim World League clinics relief and development projects in Senegal. (SPA)
Updated 22 July 2019

Muslim World League launches relief, development projects in Senegal

  • MWL has distributed more than 1,500 food baskets in Malika and truckloads of food aid to Kolda —  the site of a recent fire

DAKAR: The Muslim World League (MWL) has launched a raft of urgently needed relief projects — including medical facilities — in Senegal.

Dr. Mohammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, the MWL secretary-general, explained that the organization has distributed more than 1,500 food baskets in Malika, on the outskirts of Dakar, and truckloads of food aid to Kolda —  the site of a recent fire.

Al-Issa said that the MWL’s cataract-treatment program at a Dakar hospital has so far treated hundreds of poor patients, while in Tiyas, the secretary-general laid the cornerstone for the Al-Afiah model dispensary, which will reportedly be the first of its kind in the region and will serve thousands of people in the city and surrounding villages.

Al-Issa also gave the green light to resume construction of the Dar Al-Hikma Center for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Tiyas.

In a speech toward the end of his tour of Senegal, Al-Issa stressed that Islam dictates that its followers offer aid and services to those in need regardless of their nationality, race or culture.

Recently, Senegalese President Macky Sall honored Al-Issa for his work in promoting moderation and religious and intercultural cooperation around the world.

Sall expressed his gratitude for Al-Issa’s visit, which included staging the MWL’s international conference, and stressed how much his government values the MWL’s programs in Africa.

“What the MWL is doing around the world, particularly in Africa, is an Islamic and humanitarian duty dictated by the values of our noble faith,” Al-Issa said.


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.”