KAFED donates USD 2.8 million for fighting measles in Lebanon

KUWAIT, Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) and UNICEF inked on Thursday an accord whereby the fund would donate KD 850,000 (USD 2.8 million) to finance anti-measles vaccines for Lebanese and Syrian children in Lebanon.

KFAED Director General Abdulwahab Al-Bader told KUNA after signing the deal that the donation to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund was intended to secure the injections for children mostly in need for such medical help.

The sum will fund campaigns against measles and polio, targeting nearly 54,000 children, ages of whom range between six and 12 months, and 860,000 kids aged between one to 10 years, he added.

Moreover, KFAED signed with UNICEF another deal to secure clean water for Gaza, in addition to a cooperation memo for expertise exhange.

Kuwait has totally contributed with KD 22 million (USD 72 million) to UNICEF since its establishment.

The representative of UNICEF Gulf bureau, Al-Tayeb Adam, has told KUNA that the agreement has been inked at a time Lebabnon is witnessing large-scale spread of measles.

UNICEF will organize visits to afflicted families to guide them about means of treating patients in addition to distributing vaccines to those in need.

Source: Kuwait News Agency