Saudi Arabia joins WHO health emergency appeal

Saudi Arabia joins WHO health emergency appeal
KSrelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah during his keynote address. (Supplied)
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Updated 16 January 2024
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Saudi Arabia joins WHO health emergency appeal

Saudi Arabia joins WHO health emergency appeal
  • Aim to raise $1.5bn to help vulnerable groups globally
  • World must do more, says KSrelief chief Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah 

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has joined the World Health Organization’s appeal for funds to address health emergencies across the globe.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, supervisor-general of KSrelief, the Kingdom’s aid body, participated virtually in the fundraising efforts on Monday which took place in Geneva.

The purpose of the appeal is to raise $1.5 billion to help the WHO address health emergencies around the world, KSrelief’s media department told Arab News.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director-general, opened the conference, which was also attended by Martin Griffiths, UN under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, Susanne Baumann, state secretary at the Federal Foreign Office for Germany, and several WHO country representatives.

In his keynote address, Al-Rabeeah said: “The WHO is at the forefront of the ongoing fight to meet the healthcare needs of everyone living under difficult circumstances.”

“Conflicts and natural disasters are forcing millions to flee their homes and their countries, and every day, more people are unable to meet even their most basic needs,” he added.

“KSrelief’s strategic partnership with WHO helps to provide comprehensive relief to all in need during health crises of any kind,” said Al-Rabeeah.

He praised the WHO’s ongoing commitment to help children, women and other vulnerable groups.

Al-Rabeeah also emphasized the importance of using evidence-based strategies to enhance the impact of aid and disease-prevention measures. He said that KSrelief had recently implemented five projects in partnership with the WHO, with several others to be signed soon.

These include vaccine distribution, infectious disease control and treatment, and tackling the rising levels of malnutrition and hunger among children, women and the elderly. 

He signed off urging the world “to focus on urgent action and engage more donors to save more lives.” 

Since 2015, KSrelief has provided more than $6.6 billion in comprehensive humanitarian assistance with 175 partners in 95 countries, according to the organization.

The WHO is one of KSrelief’s key partners in its work to support the healthcare systems of vulnerable communities and provide lifesaving care to millions in need.

In 2024, according to the WHO, almost 300 million people will require humanitarian assistance and protection, with an estimated 166 million people requiring health assistance. 

Conflict and the climate crisis have affected healthcare and deepened threats around the world, and at least five WHO regions are now impacted by worsening conflict and security including the situations in Gaza, Sudan and Ukraine. 

The Health Emergency Appeal will support the WHO in responding to ongoing and new emergencies around the world.


Saudi FM receives Montenegrin counterpart in Riyadh

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with his Montenegrin counterpart Filip Ivanovic in Riyadh on Thursday. SPA
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with his Montenegrin counterpart Filip Ivanovic in Riyadh on Thursday. SPA
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Saudi FM receives Montenegrin counterpart in Riyadh

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with his Montenegrin counterpart Filip Ivanovic in Riyadh on Thursday. SPA
  • During the meeting, the two officials reviewed cooperation between their countries and ways to enhance and develop it in various fields

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received his Montenegrin counterpart Filip Ivanovic in Riyadh on Thursday.

During the meeting, the two officials reviewed cooperation between their countries and ways to enhance and develop it in various fields.

They also discussed regional and international developments and efforts made in this regard.


Governor of Taif meets with Saudi cultural director

Governor of Taif meets with Saudi cultural director
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Governor of Taif meets with Saudi cultural director

Governor of Taif meets with Saudi cultural director
  • Prince Saud bin Nahar was briefed on SASCA’s strategy and initiatives aimed at fostering and empowering talent in the cultural and artistic fields
  • A cooperation agreement was signed between SASCA and Taif University

RIYADH: Governor of Taif Prince Saud bin Nahar bin Saud met Princess Haifa bint Abdulmohsen, the director of development and partnerships at the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts, at the governorate’s headquarters on Thursday.

The governor was briefed on SASCA’s strategy and initiatives aimed at fostering and empowering talent in the cultural and artistic fields, in line with the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The parties were also present at the signing of a cooperation agreement between SASCA in Taif and Taif University.


Saudi FM receives phone call from Belgian counterpart

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from his Belgian counterpart Hadja Lahbib on Thursday.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from his Belgian counterpart Hadja Lahbib on Thursday.
Updated 18 April 2024
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Saudi FM receives phone call from Belgian counterpart

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from his Belgian counterpart Hadja Lahbib on Thursday.

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from his Belgian counterpart Hadja Lahbib on Thursday.

During the phone call, the two officials discussed  developments in the region, particularly developments in the Gaza Strip and efforts made in this regard.


ilmi, PNU launch museum studies program

ilmi, PNU launch museum studies program
Updated 18 April 2024
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ilmi, PNU launch museum studies program

ilmi, PNU launch museum studies program
  • New micro-credential courses open to all high-school graduates, undergraduates
  • Program includes Arabic, English, in-person, remote, long and short-term courses

RIYADH: A new museum studies program in Saudi Arabia has opened for registration, offering micro-credential and long-term courses.

It is the result of a partnership between ilmi, a center for science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and mathematics learning, and Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University.

ilmi — meaning “my knowledge” in Arabic — is a science and innovation center that aims to empower young people in Saudi Arabia.

A philanthropic NGO initiative created by Princess Sara bint Mashour bin Abdulaziz, wife of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, ilmi is incubated, supported and funded by the Mohammed bin Salman Foundation, Misk, as a subsidiary, and operates in partnership with Mohammed bin Salman Nonprofit City.

The museum studies program includes micro-credential, diploma, minor and elective courses.

It is open to recent high-school graduates and university undergraduates keen to secure entry-level positions in museums, as well as professionals seeking new skill sets and career paths.

Created by ilmi and PNU experts from Saudi Arabia and around the world, the program offers a blend of online and in-person learning, alongside Arabic and English tuition options.

Micro-credential courses will blend online and in-person learning, and are available to applicants over the age of 18.

Courses include museum impact studies, museum education and awareness, an introduction to museum technologies, fundamentals of museum management and integrating digital technology.

Courses on offer for PNU students include an introduction to museums elective and specialist minors in museums and digital technology, exhibit design and content development.

A two-year diploma in museum management will also be available for both PNU students and recent high-school graduates.

Registration has opened for the first online micro-credential course starting this month: Fundamentals of museum management.

All further micro-credential courses will take place in May and June, with the diploma, minor and elective programs starting in September at the beginning of the academic year 2024/25.

Program graduates can also apply to work alongside ilmi experts as they design and launch unique, informal learning programs across the Kingdom.

For more information and registration, click here.


KSrelief, WFP to support malnutrition treatment in Yemen

KSrelief, WFP to support malnutrition treatment in Yemen
Updated 18 April 2024
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KSrelief, WFP to support malnutrition treatment in Yemen

KSrelief, WFP to support malnutrition treatment in Yemen
  • Allocation of $4.85 million to treat malnutrition in children aged under five as well as pregnant and lactating women in Yemen
  • Agreement was signed by Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, adviser at the Royal Court and KSrelief’s supervisor general, and WFP Executive Director Cindy McCain

PARIS: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center signed a joint cooperation agreement with the World Food Programme allocating $4.85 million to treat malnutrition in children aged under five as well as pregnant and lactating women in Yemen.

The signing took place on the sidelines of the International Conference for Sudan and Neighboring Countries, which was organized by France and the EU in Paris.

The agreement was signed by Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, adviser at the Royal Court and KSrelief’s supervisor general, and WFP Executive Director Cindy McCain.

It aims to improve the nutritional situation for Yemen’s most impoverished people by providing supplements in targeted areas, benefiting 86,985 people.