Saudi Arabia gives $66.7 million in aid for cholera outbreak in Yemen

RIYADH — The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced a donation of $66.7 million to The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and their partners to respond to the outbreak of cholera in Yemen.

The figure has been requested by UNICEF and WHO as the total funding needed to respond effectively to the cholera situation in Yemen, through a combination of water, sanitation and healthcare activities, Saudi Press Agency, reported on Saturday.

King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid will work with UNICEF, WHO and their partners will activate the new initiative immediately.

The donation is an initiative of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz to accelerate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s substantial humanitarian efforts in Yemen.

Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, Adviser at the Royal Court and General Supervisor of King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid said: ”The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is committed to working closely with our aid partners to effectively address the cholera and general humanitarian situation in Yemen. We have listened to the call from UNICEF and WHO for an immediate donation of $66.7 million to address cholera specifically, and have acted accordingly.” ”We will continue to work with our partners across a broad range of humanitarian and relief efforts for the people of Yemen,” he stressed.

Source: Emirates News Agency