Senior WHO official hails partnership with Kuwait

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GENEVA, May 14: Executive Director for External Relations and Governance at the World Health Organization (WHO) Jane Ellison hailed Kuwait’s partnership and support for the organization.Kuwait came in the 12th place in financially supporting WHO in 2020, she told KUNA on Friday.

The new page is dedicated to detailed information on the organization’s partnership with Kuwait and the country’s role in supporting WHO in achieving sustainable development and facing international crises, she added.The two sides are technically cooperating on different levels, including efforts to ease the suffering of people in need everywhere, Ellison affirmed. She added that Kuwait is among the top 20 donors for the organization. The page also presents programs and activities that Kuwait had contributed to, and the positive impact of them on disease-hit areas around the world.

The World Health Organization (WHO) had set up a special page on its website in recognition of Kuwait’s partnership with the organization in facing crises and health issues around the world. The new page represents the strong and strategic relations between Kuwait and WHO, Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to the UN and other international organizations Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim, told KUNA on Friday.

The page,, includes information on Kuwait’s efforts to aid those affected by diseases around the world, as well as aiding people affected by conflict in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and Africa, he said. It also includes information on the sides’ partnership and strategic cooperation, he noted, adding that WHO considered Kuwait as one of the top 20 donor countries for the organization.

The partnership also involves executing projects to achieve sustainable development, WHO said on its page, noting that Kuwait was one of the first countries to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, as well as other diseases including Measles, Cholera and Ebola. Meanwhile, it underlined Kuwait’s efforts to support the organization’s programs, noting that the country donated over USD 200 million between 2015 to 2020, as aid for WHO to ease the suffering of people around the world.

It also said that Kuwait is the first and only Middle East contributor to WHO’s Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE).
In 2020, CFE helped WHO respond to 29 emergencies including 26 disease outbreaks and six natural disasters. In the same year, Kuwait came in the 12th place in the top contributors in all fields, it said. Moreover, it mentioned Kuwait’s efforts to host international conferences to support Iraq, Palestine, Syria, and the Rohingya Muslims among others.
The page also noted the UN’s granting of the Humanitarian Leader title to His Highness the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and granting Kuwait the Humanitarian Center title in recognition of its continuous humanitarian efforts


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