Saudi Arabia, Bill, Melinda Gates Foundation to Eradicate Polio Globally

The Saudi ministry of health and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to partner in eradicating polio globally, reported Akhbbaar 24.

The Minister of Health, Fahad Al-Jalajel, revealed the MoU inking on Sunday. He added, in his speech at the World Economic Forum in Riyadh, that the two parties will work to eradicate polio in the hope of a better and polio-free future, which would be a remarkable survival.

Al-Jalajel pointed out that investing in health is not just a dream, but rather a strategic matter to increase immunity to future challenges. The minister noted that the Kingdom has activated a platform for cooperation between sectors to improve health.

On the other hand, the Supervisor General of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, revealed that the Kingdom provided billions of dollars to more than 64 countries, with a budget exceeding 1.4 billion US dollars to help them. This represents the value of international partnership and work to eradicate polio and enabling every child to access life-saving vaccines.

He added that the joint program with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will help more than 370 million people, especially children and women.

Al-Rabeeah said that the Kingdom invested more than $100 million to support 26 countries and help them establish strong health care systems. He called on politicians and influential people to follow the Kingdom’s model in addressing problems and providing funding to save local communities.

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