Geneva, January 16, 2024, In a video conference at the launch of the World Health Organization Health Emergency Appeal 2024 in Geneva, Switzerland, Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Advisor at the Royal Court and Supervisor-General of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), highlighted the unprecedented threats faced by civilians, particularly vulnerable groups such as children, women, and the elderly, across the globe. Driven by conflicts and disasters, millions are forced to flee their homes, leaving them unable to secure necessities.
Emphasizing the gravity of the situation, Dr. Al Rabeeah discussed the launch of the appeal to support the health sector worldwide. He underscored the vital role of the strategic partnership between the World Health Organization (WHO) and KSrelief, which has played a significant role in delivering comprehensive relief during health crises.
Reflecting on KSrelief's efforts since its establishment in 2015, Dr. Al Rabeeah outlined the implementation of 2,670 projects in 95 countries, totaling over $6.5 billion. He further noted the ongoing collaboration with WHO on five additional projects spanning three of the organization's regions.
Dr. Al Rabeeah passionately urged countries to take immediate action, rallying the largest number of donors to join forces and save lives. His call to action aimed at securing a healthier and brighter future for all, particularly those grappling with the dire consequences of conflicts and disasters.
The launch event, attended by WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths, and various WHO representatives worldwide, symbolized a collective effort to address the escalating health emergencies and humanitarian crises faced by populations around the world.