OIC calls on UN to declare March 15 as solidarity day against Islamophobia

Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the OIC, reiterated his call for the UN to declare March 15 as the International Day of Solidarity against Islamophobia. (File/AFP)
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Updated 14 March 2020

OIC calls on UN to declare March 15 as solidarity day against Islamophobia

  • The OIC secretary-general made the call during his speech marking the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack that targeted two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • He applauded the measures adopted by the prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, to address hatred and terrorism and to care for the country’s Muslim community

JEDDAH: Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), reiterated his call for the UN and other international and regional organizations to declare March 15 as the International Day of Solidarity against Islamophobia, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.
He stressed that the call serves to promote global awareness of the danger of Islamophobia, hatred and intolerance against Muslims.
Al-Othaimeen exhorted the international community to take practical measures to address this phenomenon and to promote tolerance, understanding, and peaceful coexistence in the world.
This came during his speech marking the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack that targeted two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing a large number of innocent worshippers.
Al-Othaimeen expressed sympathy and solidarity with the families of the victims on behalf of the OIC, as well as appreciation of the firm stance taken by the government and people of New Zealand against terrorism.
He applauded the measures adopted by the prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, to address hatred and terrorism and to care for the country’s Muslim community.
Al-Othaimeen stressed that the heinous terrorist act sent a powerful message that hate speech, intolerance, and Islamophobia constitute a threat to all societies and that terrorism has no religion, race, or nationality.


Saudi Arabia’s Mawid smartphone app offers coronavirus self-assessment

Updated 03 April 2020

Saudi Arabia’s Mawid smartphone app offers coronavirus self-assessment

  • Mawid helps users book appointments at 2,400 health care centers in Saudi Arabia
  • The service provided by Mawid is free of charge

The Saudi Health Ministry has introduced a self-assessment feature on its Mawid smartphone app amid the global outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), offering a consultation window for the public.

The feature includes a list of questions, guidelines and instructions based on the users’ recent travel history and their symptoms.

“Importantly, if you suspect you have COVID-19 symptoms, please download the Mawid app and use the self-assessment tool to get guidance,” said Saudi Minister of Health Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah.

Consultation services have been provided for half-a-million people by the Health Ministry and around 250,000 self-assessment tests have been made through its Mawid app.

Mawid helps users book appointments at 2,400 health care centers in the Kingdom. The application follows the “Central Appointment System” that allows them to manage their referral appointments.

Launched in 2019, the app was launched as part of the ministry’s plan to implement digital transformation through technology.

The service provided by Mawid is free of charge. Once the user has downloaded the app, they will be required to sign in with their Absher username and password.

The user will be taken to another window and will be required to fill out the required information, where they will be able to see a self-assessment banner that takes them to a survey.

When the user has finished the assessment, they will receive guidance according to their symptoms.

Pakistani expat Talha Mohammad has been using the app to book appointments for his son’s vaccinations. “It is a really good app, and easy to use,” he said, adding: “The best part is that they send you reminders repeatedly which is perfect since I have trouble remembering appointments.”

Saudi citizen Fatimah Ahmed used the app for COVID-19 self-assessment with the help of her eldest daughter. “We went through the self-assessment process, answered the given questions and were given tips to follow.”

She was told to rest assured and visit the ministry’s COVID-19 guide for more information. “It is a good tool for other features, such as booking appointments and whatnot. However, I am very paranoid about the virus and when it comes to health, I am old-fashioned and prefer physical checkups to smart apps.”

The Mawid app is available for both Android and iOS.