Asharq Al-awsat English Middle-east and International News and Opinion from Asharq Al-awsat Newspaper

Saudi Arabia, UAE Ink Deals to Combat Cholera, Malnutrition in Yemen

Saudi Arabia, UAE Ink Deals to Combat Cholera, Malnutrition in Yemen

Thursday, 23 May, 2019 - 09:00
Saudi Arabia and the UAE sign agreements to combat Cholera and malnutrition in Yemen. (SPA)
Riyadh - Saleh al-Zayed
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have inked agreements to tackle environmental and humanitarian challenges in Yemen, namely cholera and malnutrition ailing the war-torn country’s population.

Signed with UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), the agreements were signed at a high-level meeting in Riyadh that was attended by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) chief Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, Saudi Arabia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem Al-Hashimy and UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock.

The first agreement sets up a plan to curb the cholera outbreak in Yemen in cooperation with the WHO as part of an initiative to support relief and humanitarian projects with $20 million, directly benefiting more than a million people and indirectly aiding more than 18 million.

The second agreement works to address acute malnutrition in high-risk areas in cooperation with UNICEF.

It aims to treat 50,000 Yemeni children under the age of five who are suffering from acute malnutrition, promote infant and young child feeding practices and monitor their growth, provide health counseling to the local community, health facilities and 400,000 mothers, provide micronutrient supplements to 800,000 children under the age of five, and detect malnutrition in a million children.

The project has a total value of $40 million and will benefit 1.4 million people.

Around 360,000 children under five were suffering from severe acute malnutrition and require treatment, UNICEF said in March.

In a post-conference presser, Lowcock thanked Saudi Arabia and the UAE for their humanitarian support and relief work in Yemen.

He said the two countries offered around $1 billion at a UN pledging conference in Geneva in February.

Editor Picks