KSRelief and Unicef officials pose with the agreement on Tuesday.
Agha Riaz, Staff Reporter
On Tuesday the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) signed an agreement with the UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) to extend a vaccination project for Yemeni children by another six months.
KSRelief was established by King Salman bin Abdulaziz in 2015. The Supervisor General of the KSRelief is Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah.
The agreement was co-signed by KSRelief Assistant General Supervisor Ahmed Bin Ali Al-Bayez and Unicef’s regional chief field officer, Eltayeb Adam.
The project aims to vaccinate 1,140,000 Yemeni children against various diseases at a cost of over $4.8 million.
On Monday, KSRelief announced it had also distributed 450 food baskets to displaced people in the Hajjah governorate in the country, benefiting 2,700 people.
King Salman issued his directives on May 13, 2015, to establish the KSRelief to provide various humanitarian and relief programmes. Since its inception, KSRelief has implemented 1,011 projects in 44 countries worth $3,439,139,000, with 225 projects worth $389,682,000 targeting women and 234 projects worth $529,463,000 targeting children.
The KSRelief centre was established in the framework of the Saudi’s efforts to alleviate the suffering of those in need worldwide.
KSRelief has concluded a number of agreements with UNHCR that aim at supporting refugees from Syria, Yemen and Rohingya.
Since its establishment, KSRelief has helped 44 countries and spent $3.25 billion on 1,011 projects.
Sultan Al Burkani, Speaker of the Yemeni Parliament, praised the efforts of the member countries of the Arab Coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, to support Yemen.
Saudi forces on Friday intercepted five drones launched by Iran-aligned Yemeni rebels, a Riyadh-led military coalition said, in a second assault on an airport in the kingdom's southwest in two days.
There was also some physical damage to the airport lounge.
"The UAE-Saudi financial support is conducive to stopping the outbreak of cholera in the communities most heavily affected by the disease, while helping in building capacities to develop effective and rapid response to the epidemic in the future," said Altaf S. Musani, Representative and Head of Mission at World Health Organisation, in Yemen.
The ministry also announced that 35 cases fully recovered from the virus, after receiving treatment, bringing the total recovered cases to 96.
'The UAE has decided to renew, from today and for a renewable period of two weeks, the suspension of entry of all foreign nationals holding valid UAE residence visa, in a bid to contain the spread the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure their safety.
The Ministry said a 62-year old Asian expat and a 78-year old GCC national who tested positive for COVID-19 died due to complications related to chronic diseases. This brings death toll to eight.
"Considering the problems of overseas Pakistanis it has been decided that the first flight would land at Islamabad International Airport on April 4. All passengers will be sent in quarantine and tested for COVID-19. Those tested negative will be sent home through special arrangement of transport," Asad Umar said.