Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief signs $46m deal with UNICEF for Yemen programs

1 / 2
The agreement was signed via video call by KSRelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, and UNICEF’s Representative in the Gulf region Eltayeb Adam. (SPA)
2 / 2
The agreement was signed via video call by KSRelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, and UNICEF’s Representative in the Gulf region Eltayeb Adam. (SPA)
Short Url
Updated 22 September 2020

Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief signs $46m deal with UNICEF for Yemen programs

  • The 7 programs will support education and health care
  • The agreement will ‘support Yemeni children’s access to quality education’

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Monday signed a joint agreement with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to implement seven projects worth $46 million.
The agreement aims to support access for Yemeni children affected by the coronavirus pandemic to educational opportunities through remote learning.
It also hopes to develop plans that allow children to safely return to school and train teachers to deal with the challenges from COVID-19.
The agreement was signed via video call by KSRelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, and UNICEF’s Representative in the Gulf region Eltayeb Adam.
The agreement will “support Yemeni children’s access to quality education opportunities by equipping schools, providing educational supplies to students and building the capacities of staff,” Saudi Press Agency reported.

“The agreement also includes enabling children and their families to access psychosocial support and mental health services.”
The projects will be carried out in cooperation with the Yemen’s education ministry and provincial authorities in 20 Yemeni regions.
KSRelief said it would also provide emergency COVID-19 equipment in several regions, such as Aden, Lahj, Abyan, Taiz and Socotra, including ventilators, monitoring devices and defibrillators to treat patients in intensive care units.
The charity will also set up 60 respiratory screening points in hospitals and health centers, provide personal protective equipment for medical staff and train health professionals to tackle outbreaks.

On top of that, the money will also be used for regular health care, building a warehouse to store supplies, and helping fund a number of hospitals and health centers.
One of the projects will focus on reducing injuries and deaths caused by malnutrition in children and pregnant women in eight governorates that have high levels of acute malnutrition.
Al-Rabeeah said the agreement would benefit almost 17 million Yemenis. 
Adam thanked the Kingdom for its support for UNICEF’s programs in Yemen.
Last week KSRelief signed deals to provide more than $200 million of assistance to Yemen through the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Health Organization, and the UN Higher Commissioner for Refugees.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 15 min 8 sec ago

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

FASTFACTS

• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.