JEDDAH: International officials praised the recent directive of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to provide $66.7 million to fight the cholera epidemic in Yemen in response to two appeals from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.
British Ambassador to Yemen Simon Shercliff said on his Twitter account that the Saudi crown prince’s generous donation is a great gesture that would provide the necessary funding needed by UNICEF and WHO in Yemen to overcome this miserable situation.
UN Undersecretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien welcomed this important announcement of the Kingdom’s contribution to fight cholera in Yemen, explaining that this donation can produce a great positive impact.
WHO Regional Director Mahmoud Fikri, expressed his thanks to the crown prince for his noble gesture in the field of humanitarian action and his cooperation with the WHO to combat the spread of cholera and reduce its complications in Yemen.
The funding will be put to immediate use, according to the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief), which will work with UNICEF, WHO and its partners to activate the new initiative.