King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) signed on Monday in Riyadh an agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO) granting it $10mn in financial support for urgent action needed to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
The support comes in response to an urgent appeal from WHO and under the directives of King Salman bin Abdulaziz.
Assistant Supervisor General of the Center for Operations and Programs Eng. Ahmed al-Bayez and WHO Representative in the Kingdom Dr. Ibrahim al-Zeeq signed the agreement.
The WHO representative expressed, in a press statement after the signing, his thanks and gratitude to the Kingdom represented by KSrelief for supporting humanitarian works in general, and for its generous and continuous support to the organization.
Zeeq also said this step indicated the Kingdom’s keenness on human health, safety, and protection from epidemics and diseases. He added that the WHO will use these funds to purchase safety kits for health workers and laboratory equipment to support research on the virus.
Advisor at the Royal Court and Supervisor General of KSrelief Dr. Abdullah al-Rabeeah praised the directives of the Saudi King to combat the coronavirus.
These directives also embody the noble human role of the Kingdom. They also reflect its keenness to harness its potentials and resources in serving humanitarian issues. All of these comes in full cooperation with the UN, its agencies, and organizations. Besides, the international community for the interest of the humanity, he added.