New Coronavirus on Agenda of Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum

Dr. Aqeel Al-Ghamdi, assistant General Supervisor for Planning and Development at KSRelief and head of the RIHF supervisory committee

Officials and experts in the humanitarian, relief, and health sector to discuss next week in Riyadh the link between humanitarian and development work. Besides, innovative human intervention in the health field, including the outbreak of the new Coronavirus.

KSRelief organizes the 2nd Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum on March 1-2, 2020; with the participation of experts in the humanitarian world to discuss the challenges, improve knowledge, and issue recommendations for action.

Dr. Aqeel Al-Ghamdi, assistant General Supervisor for Planning and Development at KSRelief and head of the RIHF supervisory committee; said that the director-general of the WHO would be among the speakers at the main session. Al-Ghamdi added: “There is also a special session for infectious diseases including the new Coronavirus; a recent disease and the international community is very much concerned.”

Ghamdi noted that the forum will host around 1,280 people representing 80 countries, 21 international organizations, and 46 governmental organizations. This also includes officials and heads of international humanitarian bodies, representatives of civil society institutions, NGOs, the private sector. In addition to 11 universities and specialized research groups.

“Humanitarian initiatives will also be reviewed and modified to reflect the latest developments on the ground. This is to improve the level of services and assistance provided to victims of natural disasters and conflicts, including refugees and other groups who need urgent assistance,” he remarked.