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The Saudi king receives a written message from the Senegalese president

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Saturday from Geneva a new agreement with the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), providing more than $19 million in funding for WHO programs in three countries: Yemen ($9.5 million), Sudan ($5 million). million) and Syria ($4.75 million).

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed great gratitude for Saudi Arabia’s generous support over the past five years. These contributions, he noted, have been instrumental in addressing malnutrition, cholera and malaria, while helping to rehabilitate health systems in crisis zones and having a positive impact on vulnerable populations.

WHO applauded Saudi Arabia, with whom it has a strong partnership, and highlighted the Kingdom’s crucial role in alleviating health challenges around the world, including its vital support to Sudan, the Gaza Strip in Palestine, Yemen, Somalia, Ukraine and the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

The organization also welcomed KSrelief’s continued support in addressing global health emergencies and recognized Saudi Arabia’s position as a major contributor to WHO in recent years.

WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr Hanan Balkhi, emphasized the important role these funds will play in the region, supporting vulnerable communities facing multiple emergencies.

Meanwhile, KSrelief General Overseer Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah called for finding innovative ways to boost the partnership with WHO to improve and coordinate response efforts, ensure that all resources are allocated efficiently and enable communities They become more resilient and independent.

Speaking at a panel discussion, “From crisis to opportunity: health in the Eastern Mediterranean region”, at the 77th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Al Rabeeah thanked WHO for its efforts to address the crises humanitarian actions in the Eastern Mediterranean region, including conflicts. , migration and economic instability.

He said Saudi leaders made intensive and generous efforts to alleviate the suffering of millions of people in need in the region and around the world, particularly children, women and other vulnerable groups.

The total humanitarian assistance provided by Saudi Arabia to the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean exceeded $1.4 billion, he revealed.

Al Rabeeah said KSrelief provides comprehensive health treatment and support services in humanitarian emergencies.

KSrelief, he added, implemented several volunteer programs in the medical sector, as part of its humanitarian and relief work, including 298 projects worth more than $46 million in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Furthermore, he urged all parties in conflict zones to ensure that aid providers can deliver aid safely and effectively.

When aid delivery is prevented and attacks on humanitarian workers and hospital staff are allowed, those who need help suffer even more. The situations in the Gaza Strip and Sudan are a clear example of this, he said.

Al Rabeeah said KSrelief works closely with its partners to overcome challenges and ensure the safe delivery of aid even in the most difficult circumstances.

For example, during the siege of Taiz, Yemen, the center used airdrops to provide assistance and even used camels to deliver medical supplies, oxygen cylinders and other urgent items to remote mountain locations where health services were very limited or They were not available, he said. .

In Gaza, the center managed to provide assistance despite the current challenges.

“Restricted access to Gaza has led to severe shortages of food, water, medical supplies and other much-needed items,” he said, urging that the restrictions be addressed to save lives, especially those of children, women and the elderly.

Al Rabeeah called on the international community to take decisive measures to protect health facilities and humanitarian workers, and on all authorities to respect international humanitarian law. He also called for involving healthcare workers in policy-making processes to ensure that their knowledge and experience is used to shape effective healthcare strategies.

He highlighted the crucial role of international collaboration in ensuring that all people in need have access to humanitarian assistance and medical care.

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