Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter sets up first blood donation campaign

The campaign attracted ambassadors, diplomatic corps employees and their families, in addition to citizens and residents. (AN photo by Basheer Saleh)
Updated 23 July 2019

Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter sets up first blood donation campaign

  • It aims to boost the authority’s role in society by supporting patients and hospitals

RIYADH: The General Authority of the Diplomatic Quarter in cooperation with King Saud University has organized its first blood donation campaign.

It aims to boost the authority’s role in society by supporting patients and hospitals that are in constant need of blood, in accordance with its humanitarian role and social responsibility. It promotes the authority’s partnership with the Ministry of Health and supports its efforts to provide blood units for every person in need.

The Saudi Ministry of Health launches a campaign each year to raise awareness about the importance of blood donation, highlighting the role it plays in saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients awaiting surgical operations.

Blood banks in Saudi Arabia and the region still face difficulties, and many government and private entities work to meet the needs of government and private hospitals to maintain blood reserves.

“We are always working to serve the nation and bear a responsibility toward every citizen and resident, which comes in line with the authority’s national role and the efforts to realize the leadership’s ambitions,” the authority’s Executive Chairman Dr. Fahd bin Mushayt said.

He said that the campaign was part of the efforts exerted at the Diplomatic Quarter to keep pace with the development of the Kingdom.

The campaign attracted ambassadors, diplomatic corps employees and their families, in addition to citizens and residents.

Mushayt expressed his gratitude to all those who had donated blood and contributed to the campaign’s success.


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.”