KSRelief Signs Three Projects to Fight Cholera in Yemen

KSRelief Signs Three Projects to Fight Cholera in Yemen

Wednesday, 14 February, 2018 - 11:15
Nurse attends to a boy infected with cholera at a hospital in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, Yemen © Abduljabbar Zeyad / Reuters
Riyadh- Asharq Al Awsat
In line with the directives of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) signed three projects to fund the cholera epidemic in Yemen, in partnership with World Health Organization and UNICEF.

The three humanitarian projects are worth $10,959,866 and were signed by the Consultant at the Royal Court Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeea, who is also the center's general supervisor, and the WHO representative in the Kingdom, Kuwait, and Bahrain Dr. Ibrahim Al-Zeeq, in the presence of Saudi ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al Jaber.

The three projects are divided into a diagnostic phase, which will be followed by a prevention campaign and then a surveillance plan. On November 14, two treatment and coordination projects were signed with a total value of $22,740,333.

Rabeea said he was very happy with the implementation of the comprehensive humanitarian plan in Yemen by signing important agreements for the benefit of the Yemeni people, pointing out that the new agreements fell within the framework of an integrated project of prevention and treatment of cholera.

He noted in this regard the importance of programs to spread the culture of prevention, which would ultimately lead to the elimination of the cholera epidemic.

Rabeea also said that the surveillance project would include the extension of the early warning system for surveillance of cholera to ensure coordination, immediate reporting of cases and response mechanisms, noting that the project would cover the 23 Yemeni provinces.

As for the prevention project, “it will involve the launching of awareness campaigns using visual media and other means of social communication, intensifying the detection of suspected cases and referral to health facilities, as well as identifying the areas most affected by the epidemic.”

The project will also feature training health personnel to prevent infection and funding more than 400 thousand cholera vaccines, according to KSRELIEF’s general supervisor.

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