RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, the Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), signed six agreements today at the center’s Riyadh headquarters with civil society institutions to provide additional humanitarian aid to Yemen.
The first agreement provides support for the 9th and 10th phases of KSrelief’s Child Soldiers Rehabilitation Program; this program’s support services at its center in Ma’rib gives vital assistance to former Houthi-recruited child soldiers and other children seriously impacted by the ongoing conflict in Yemen. 80 children and their parents will benefit directly from these two additional program phases, with 1,920 benefitting indirectly. The cost of this agreement is USD 299,000.
The second agreement signed today extends water supply and WASH services for IDPs in Al Hudaydah and its surrounding districts. Benefiting 3,500 people at a total cost of USD 241,000, the aim of this project is to protect the health of IDPs by facilitating the safe and healthy disposal of waste, reducing the spread of disease and epidemics, and supporting preventive maintenance of water and sewage tanks and bathrooms.
The third agreement provides for the preparation and operation of the Al Ja‘dah health center in the Hayran district of the Hajjah governorate. 18,000 people will benefit from the project at a cost of USD 280,000. The project aims to save and protect lives by reducing diseases and epidemics, providing emergency health care services, and providing integrated health care and therapeutic feeding services to children under the age of five. It will also provide immunizations for children and mothers, reproductive health services for mothers, lactating and pregnant women, treat injuries, and activate a medical referral system. Also included: treatment and isolation services for epidemic cases, along with implementing epidemiological surveillance; health education for the prevention of epidemics; support for radiology and laboratory departments; and safe disposal of conventional and medical waste.
The fourth agreement covers the preparation and operation of a specialized center for eye surgeries and ophthalmology in Ma’rib. 300,000 people will benefit from the project annually, at a cost of USD 977,000. The center will treat eye injuries, provide professional medical treatment to eye conditions of all types, and provide to all segments of society health education for eye care and early intervention for eye diseases.
The fifth agreement provides support for water supply and sanitation services for IDPs in the districts of Harad, Midi and Hayran in the Hajjah governorate. The project will benefit 6,240 people, at a total cost of USD 325,000. The aim of the project is to preserve the lives of IDPs, implement safe and healthy disposal of waste, and reduce the spread of disease and epidemics by providing water and sanitation resources and waste-collection and safe-disposal areas to create a safe and healthy environment for displaced persons.
The last and sixth agreement provides for the treatment of 100,000 wounded Yemenis in Saudi Arabia. The project cost is SAR 3,500,000; its goal is to provide comprehensive medical care to wounded Yemenis, including treatment, medicines, surgeries and other needed services.
In a press statement following the signing, Dr. Al Rabeeah stated: “Today, KSrelief signed six important agreements to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people. The agreements included humanitarian and relief projects that cost more than USD 6 million.” He added that these specific projects target areas in Yemen most in need of urgent assistance, but that KSrelief’s impartial humanitarian outreach would continue to extend to all parts of Yemen.