Kuwait continues to overcome challenges facing humanitarian aid
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.