$10.5m project to fight malaria in Yemen

KSRelief will distribute 1,500 pumps to spray affected areas. (SPA)
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Updated 28 May 2020

$10.5m project to fight malaria in Yemen

  • Malaria has caused suffering and death in Yemen for years
  • KSRelief aims to drastically reduce the spread of the disease

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is leading a $10.5 million fight against the life-threatening disease malaria in Yemen.

The 18-month project, being carried out by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), will help to protect 7 million Yemenis from the parasitical infection spread by mosquitoes.

Malaria has caused suffering and death in Yemen for years, particularly among children and pregnant women in coastal areas.

Through more than 50 initiatives in affected provinces throughout the country, KSRelief aims to drastically reduce the spread of the disease.

The executive program includes providing drugs for patients with moderate and severe malaria symptoms and boosting the WHO and Yemeni government’s medicine stocks to deal with any outbreaks.

The Saudi center is also working to provide hospitals and health care centers with the necessary laboratory equipment and consumables for diagnosing malaria, while distributing pesticide-saturated mosquito nets to 1,300,000 refugees, and 1,500 automatic pumps to spray affected areas, houses, schools, and markets with pesticides to control mosquitoes.

In addition, KSRelief has offered specialist equipment for identifying the genetic mutation of parasites, larvae and mosquitoes and locating areas where insecticide-resistant mosquitoes and larvae reproduce. Health awareness is a key part of the project too, with more than 3,500 health cadres undertaking skills training through one of Yemen’s largest programs of its kind.

WHO specialists have been assigned to oversee the project and support Yemen’s National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) by sending Yemeni cadres abroad for six months to acquire specialized diplomas, which will contribute to the scheme’s sustainability and raise the efficiency of its workers.

The executive project is also working to establish two centers to treat severe malaria cases along with seven central hospitals and provide them with diagnostic and treatment gear, medicines, and medical supplies for malaria cases.

Similarly, the project is supporting the Health Ministry’s NMCP by sending 10 of its doctors on intensive specialized training in neighboring countries.

Several initiatives and preventive measures aimed at combating the dengue epidemic in Yemen are underway as part of the aid project, such as the distribution of medicines and medical supplies.


Saudi-backed electric car breaks through 500 miles range barrier

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Saudi-backed electric car breaks through 500 miles range barrier

  • Lucid Motors announced independent range verification of 517 miles on a single charge for its forthcoming Lucid Air all-electric sedan

 

LONDON:A Saudi-backed electric vehicle has broken through the 500 mile range barrier from a single charge.
Lucid Motors, in which Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is a major investor, on Wednesday announced independent range verification of 517 miles on a single charge for its forthcoming Lucid Air all-electric sedan.
The results confirm that the Lucid Air is the longest range electric vehicle to date, the car maker said in a statement.
So-called “range anxiety,” where drivers fear being stranded without power in their cars, is a major factor for electric vehicle manufacturers in convincing people to make the switch from traditional gasoline-fueled vehicles.
“Range and efficiency are widely recognized as the most relevant proof points by which EV technical prowess is measured,” said Lucid Motors CEO Peter Rawlinson. “A few years ago we revealed our alpha prototypes of the Lucid Air and promised over 400 miles range; a reflection of our technology at that time. In the intervening period we have achieved a series of technological breakthroughs, culminating in an unsurpassed degree of energy efficiency.”
The PIF agreed a $1 billion investment deal with Lucid Motors two years ago to develop the car at a factory in Arizona.
The production version of the Lucid Air will debut in an online event on Sept. 9, 2020. In addition to the vehicle’s final interior and exterior designs, new details about production specifications, available configurations, and pricing information will also be shared.
Customer deliveries of the Lucid Air, which will be produced at Lucid’s new factory in Casa Grande, Arizona, will begin in early 2021.