Kuwait con­tin­ues to over­come chal­lenges fac­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian aid

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KUWAIT: Kuwait con­tin­ued to pro­vide vi­tal hu­man­i­tar­ian aid for refugees and peo­ple in need in the re­gion in the past few days through sup­port to var­i­ous in­sti­tutes and so­ci­eties over­com­ing chal­lenges fac­ing such im­por­tant field. Dur­ing the past week, the Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral for the United Na­tions Relief and Works Agency for Pales­tine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Pierre Kra­hen­buhl, praised Gulf coun­tries for their con­tri­bu­tion to help the UN agency to over­come its fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties fol­low­ing the US cut of fi­nan­cial al­lo­ca­tions to UNRWA.

“In ad­di­tion to the EU and its mem­ber states, the Gulf has played a very cru­cial role in the cur­rent pos­i­tive dy­namic. The four ma­jor Gulf coun­tries, Qatar Saudi Ara­bia, the UAE and Kuwait have con­trib­uted USD 50 mil­lion each. So we have re­ceived pledges of USD 200 mil­lion from Gulf coun­tries for our core ac­tiv­i­ties. This is un­prece­dented and out­stand­ing,” he told a news con­fer­ence in Brus­sels.

Mean­while, Kuwait’s vol­un­tary team “She­faa” pro­vided med­i­cal care to more than 200 Syr­ian pa­tients, con­duct­ing dif­fi­cult and del­i­cate sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures dur­ing a hu­man­i­tar­ian trip to refugee camps in Jor­dan. Me­dia co­or­di­na­tor for the 12-mem­ber med­i­cal team Tareq Al-Mulla told KUNA that the trip lasted for 10 days, dur­ing which the doc­tors con­duct nec­es­sary tests and op­er­a­tions for refugees in agree­ment with the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees (UNHCR), char­i­ties and Jor­da­nian hos­pi­tals. He pointed out that the sur­gi­cal in­ter­ven­tion in­cluded the re­moval of be­nign and ma­lig­nant tu­mors from brains of a num­ber of pa­tients. This was per­formed with the help of Jor­da­nian doc­tors.

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