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KSA Mission Newsletter November 2016

This issue covers, amongst other things, the recent visit to Brussels of Dr Al-Rabeeah of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre, our commitment to implementing the Paris Climate Agreement, the Saudi view on Iranian aggression and the controversial US JASTA bill, and our support of the UN’s World Food Program.




Dr Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Supervisor General of The King Salman Humanitarian Aid & Relief Centre (KSRelief) presented the details of the Kingdom’s aid program in Brussels. Following meetings with EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Christos Stylianides, Dr Al Rabeeah also took the time to explain the valuable work conducted by KSRelief as part of Saudi Arabia’s role as one of the world’s leading humanitarian donors.

The aims of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre

KSRelief’s main achievements since its foundation in 2015

Key current areas of focus for KSRelief

The main challenges ahead for the Centre

KSRelief’s priorities for 2017

A medical background at the heart of KSRelief’s leadership

Support for refugees in the Middle East

Forging ties with the EU

Dr Al Rabeeah’s takeways from his trip to Brussels

How KSRelief and the EU’s DG ECHO can learn from each other

Since its inception, King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre has done its best to assist those in need across all Yemeni governorates. The most important projects implemented by the centre and its partners have focussed on women and children. One of the centre’s first projects involved providing medical care to more than 7,600 children and mothers living as refugees in Djibouti. This project was carried out in cooperation with UNICEF, with a total expenditure of €309,652.

Another project was put in place in response to an urgent UN flash appeal for immediate humanitarian assistance to Yemen; this €26.2 million project was again carried out in coordination with UNICEF. The project provided food, therapeutic and preventative interventions to save the lives of children under the age of five, and also provided protection for the health of pregnant and nursing mothers.

The table below contains statistics about programmes put in place by KSrelief in partnership with a number of United Nations organisations and national and international NGOs in support of women and children in the Republic of Yemen.

Aid category Children aided Women aided Total cost (US$)
Food security 7,033,441 4,974,873 129,740,269
Medical aid 6,774,269 5,187,790 49,669,086
Humanitarian aid 2,997,895 2,795,591 43,480,101