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Gulf countries: growing aid powers

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DUBAI, 17 September 2014 (IRIN) - Gulf countries are ramping up their overseas aid spending by providing hundreds of millions of dollars to emergencies both in the Middle East and further afield while at the same time broadening multilateral engagement and joining global debates on aid effectiveness.

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Kuwait commits USD 1 mln to Palestinian children

By Yasmine El-Sabawi

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (KUNA) -- Kuwait Ambassador to Washington Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah presented on Wednesday a USD 1 million donation for American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) to help the Palestinian children.

The organization enjoys a long partnership with the State of Kuwait in building schools for, and supplying medicines, food and clothing to, the Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon.

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Kuwaiti medical team, supplies leave for Gaza

KUWAIT, Sept 12 (KUNA) -- A medical team from the Kuwait Medical Association (KMA) left for Gaza on Friday to offer treatment and medical supplies to victims of the last Israeli aggression on the Strip. The team includes 12 doctors, of various specializations, a member of the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS), and another from the Kuwait Fire Service Directorate, said KMA Chairman Mohammad Al-Mutairi in a press statement.

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UN Secretary-General pays tribute to Kuwaiti Amir for humanitarian leadership [EN/AR]

(New York, 9 September 2014) : The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, paid tribute today to His Highness the Amir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, for his leading support to humanitarian causes around the world.

The Secretary-General presented His Highness with a Certificate of Appreciation recognizing the Amir’s role as a leader and supporter of the United Nations humanitarian work.

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Liberia + 1 other
Liberian Embassy in Kuwait Dispatches Seven Boxes of Assorted Medical Items to Liberia

Seven boxes of assorted medical items donated by Dr. Sana Rashed Al Fadala, Chairman and CEO of Taiba Hospital and IMS arrived in the country on September 2, 2014 to bolster Government’s effort in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus. The items were donated at the initiative of Liberian Ambassador accredited to Kuwait, H.E. Konah K. Blackett.

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Kuwait's donation to combat Ebola in West Africa extoled

GENEVA, Aug 29 (KUNA) -- Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan expressed appreciation to the timely USD five million donation made by the state of Kuwait to combat the spread of Ebola virus in West Africa.

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ROMENA: Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (28 August 2014) [EN/AR]

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SITUATION OVERVIEW

Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.74 billion, the largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 692 million, followed by Palestine with US$ 271 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 40.1% funded with a 59.9% shortfall. Iraq SRP was over funded by 81.2%.

The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) jointly requested US$ 6.02 billion. The total amount received is US$ 2.41 billion (40%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 3.61 billion (60%).

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Iraq + 1 other
WHO lauds Kuwait USD 1.5 mln donation for N. Iraq's violence victims

GENEVA, Aug 30 (KUNA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) lauded here Saturday Kuwait's generous donation of USD 1.5 million to the victims of the violence in northern Iraq.

A letter from WHO's Director General Margaret Chan to Kuwait Permanent Delegate at the United Nations Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim, expressed the organization's sincere gratitude towards Kuwait's support, stressing that the money would be used to help those affected by the violence.

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Kuwaiti aid to WHO improves health for Syrians affected by conflict

21 August 2014, Geneva -- A US$45 million donation to the World Health Organization from Kuwait has saved the lives and addressed the health needs of millions of people affected by the conflict in Syria, a new WHO report says.

The much needed funds have been used to provide essential health care in both government- and opposition-controlled areas within Syria, as well as in neighbouring countries struggling to cope with 2.9 million Syrians who have taken refuge in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, Turkey.

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Kuwait distributes 9,400 food packages to Syrian refugees in Jordan

AMMAN, Aug 18 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's Higher Committee for Syrian Refugees Relief began Monday providing food aid to Syrian refugees living at various areas in the Kingdom.

The food aid, valued at USD 3,850, will be distributed in 9,400 packages that are presented by Kuwaiti Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs within the framework of the urgent relief program for the Syrian people.

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Kuwait's Direct Aid Society offer relief aid to flood-affected Sudanese

KHARTOUM, Aug 13 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's Direct Aid Society has provided urgent relief aid to about 1,500 Sudanese families whose houses were swept away by recent torrential rains and floods. "The aid is meant to alleviate the suffering of the affected people and provide them with their urgent needs," Director of Direct Aid Society's Bureau here Alman Sidati told KUNA Wednesday.

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Kuwaiti plane-load of relief aid to Gaza arrives in Cairo

CAIRO, Aug 12 (KUNA) -- A third plane-load of relief aid, consisting of 20 tons of medicine, sent by the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) to the Palestinian people in Gaza, touched down here on Tuesday. With this shipment, KRCS will have sent up to 40 tons of relief aid to the beleaguered people in Gaza, said KRCS mission chief here in Cairo, Khaled Al-Zaid,in a statement to KUNA.

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Kuwait delivers urgent medical aid to Gaza Strip

CAIRO, Aug 9 (KUNA) -- Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) delivered today medical aid to the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to distribute them to hospitals that lack medical materials due to Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip.

A KRCS team of volunteers has delivered tons of medical aid to its Palestinian counterpart to hand them to hospitals in Gaza, Khaled Al-Zaid, head of KRCS mission for the relief of the Palestinian people in Gaza, stated to KUNA.

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Kuwait Contribution To WFP Brings Food To Iraqis Displaced By Violence

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$2 million from the government of Kuwait to help bring desperately-needed food to thousands of Iraqi families displaced from their homes due to the conflict that started in Mosul in June.

This contribution is part of a US$9.5 million total contribution from Kuwait to UN agencies and the International Organization of Migration to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to the displaced people in Iraq.

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OCHA commends Kuwait for its support to Iraqis in need

(Geneva 22 July 2014): The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today thanked the State of Kuwait for its swift disbursement of US$9.5 million to UN humanitarian agencies and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) responding to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq.

The generous donation was allocated to the UN refugee agency UNHCR ($3 million), the UN’s children’s fund UNICEF ($2 million), World Food Programme ($2 million), World Health Organisation ($1.5 million) and the International Organization for Migration ($1 million).

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Bosnia exalts KRCS support for victims of floods

SARAJEVO, July 18 (KUNA) -- Bosnia and Herzegovina's Minister of Human Rights and Refugees Damir Ljubic lauded the efforts exerted by Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) in supporting the victims of devastating floods that swept the country mid-May.

Ljubic made this remark during a meeting with chief deputy of KRCS Anwar Al-Hasawi and member of KRCS' board Abdulrahman Al-Own. The meeting was held at Kuwaiti embassy in the presence of Kuwaiti Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Nasser Al-Mutairi.

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Kuwait donates USD 10 mln for Palestinians, calls for int'l protection for them

CAIRO -- Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled also called on the importance of Israel's compliance with international resolutions and international law.

He warned against the dangerous developments in Gaza, and affirmed Kuwait's firm "moral, political and financial" support of the Palestinian people.

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Kuwait delivers 2,200 aid packages to Jordan

AMMAN, July 12 (KUNA) -- Kuwait Embassy in Jordan handed 2,200 aid packages to over 120 charity societies in Jordan on Saturday, to provide families in need with essential items during Ramadan.

The Embassy hands out aid to families in Jordan in Ramadan of each year, under direct orders from His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Jordan Dr. Hamad Al-Duaij told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

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UN welcomes $10 million donation from Kuwait for humanitarian aid in Iraq [EN/AR]

(Geneva 9 July 2014): The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today welcomed the generous contribution of US$9.5 million from the State of Kuwait to UN humanitarian agencies and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) responding to the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Iraq.

An additional $500,000 from Kuwait has been allocated to the Kuwait Red Crescent Society and the International Islamic Charity Organisation.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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ROMENA: Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (30 June 2014) [EN/AR]

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SITUATION OVERVIEW

Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.216 billion, the largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 593 million, followed by Afghanistan with US$ 241 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 30.6% funded with a 69.4% shortfall.

The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) jointly requested US$ 6.5 billion. The total amount received is US$ 1.9 billion (30%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 4.6 billion (70%).

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.