Medical workers leave a hospital’s emergency department in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Saudi Arabia and WHO have joined hands to grant $24m in medical supplies to Yemen. Image Credit: AFP

Abu Dhabi: The World Health Organisation (WHO), with support from the King Salman Centre for Relief and Humanitarian Action, provided $24 million worth of medical supplies to Yemen, to cover the shortfall in Yemeni hospitals and to meet the needs of patients suffering from chronic conditions such as cancer, kidney failure and non-communicable diseases, including diabetes.

Through this support, WHO seeks to promote the health situation in all Yemeni regions, where more than four million beneficiaries are suffering from various diseases and treated in 189 hospitals, accounting for 75 per cent of the hospitals operating in Yemen.

Between October 2019 and May 2020, WHO was able to provide 110,340 dialysis sessions for 5,500 patients who are at risk of kidney failure, and the support provided by the King Salman Relief Center covers 50 per cent of the total costs of dialysis sessions in all 21 centers in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia has set up 218 health projects across Yemeni provinces, to relieve the suffering of the Yemeni people.