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Saudi step to relax male guardianship welcomed by women's advocates

Local Saudi media reports that the King of Saudi Arabia has issued an order allowing women to benefit from government services such as education and healthcare without getting the consent of a male guardian. This move was tentatively welcomed as another small step for women in this deeply conservative kingdom

May 5, 2017

Widespread Criticism Follows Saudi Arabia Joining U.N. Women's Rights Group

There is a growing backlash to the election of Saudi Arabia to the top United Nations women’s rights body, with critics pointing to the kingdom’s extremely restrictive gender laws. Saudi Arabia is set to join the UN Commission on the Status of Women for a four year term from 2018-2022. UN Watch’s group executive director, Hillel Neur, blasted the international body’s decision citing its regressive views on women’s rights

April 24, 2017
Newsweek, National Review, Middle East Eye

Saudi Arabia delaying aid to Yemen is 'killing children', warns Save the Children

Save the Children said ‘shipments of aid are being delayed for months, denying hundreds of thousands of people access to urgently needed medical aid.’ This year, the Saudi-led coalition has prevented three of the charity’s shipments of medical supplies from landing, forcing them to be re-routed and delaying their arrival by up to three months

March 1, 2017
The Independent

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Cholera kills one Yemeni every hour in a war the world ignores

The UN calls Yemen the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world, saying 7m people are now a step away from famine. There is not much reporting of this urgent story because Saudi Arabia makes it extremely difficult for journalists to enter the country. Riyadh controls the airspace, determining who comes and goes in Yemen. A senior UN official said the Saudis were blocking journalists to make sure only their version of the story emerged. “They don’t want it said that they are inflicting suffering on their fellow Arabs,” he said

July 30, 2017
The Times

WHO warns of cholera risk at annual haj, praises Saudi preparedness

A cholera epidemic in Yemen, which has infected more than 332,000 people, could spread during the annual haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia in September, although Saudi authorities are well prepared, the World Health Organization said. The pilgrimage draws 2-4 million Muslims every year, including 1.5-2 million foreigners, raising the risk from diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, Zika virus and meningococcal disease as well as cholera

July 14, 2017
Reuters, geo.tv

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Between 1 and 10 June 2017, the national IHR focal point of Saudi Arabia reported 35 additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection including three fatal cases and one death among previously reported cases. One cluster is in Riyadh city with 23 cases. The second cluster is in a Riyadh hospital related to the 1st cluster. The third cluster is in a third hospital in Riyadh city

June 13, 2017

MERS: Saudi Arabia reported 6 fatal cases, United Arab Emirates and Qatar report cases

According to a World Health Organization outbreak update, for the five weeks from April 21 through May 29, Saudi Arabia reported an additional 25 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection cases, including six fatalities. Twelve of the 25 reported cases during this time period were associated with three simultaneous, yet unrelated clusters of MERS cases in Bisha city, Riyadh city and Wadi Aldwaser city. In addition to the Saudi Arabia cases, two more cases were reported in the United Arab Emirates and one in Qatar

June 8, 2017
Outbreak News Today

Three Saudi hospitals report MERS outbreaks since April, WHO says

Three Saudi hospitals have reported outbreaks of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome since April 21, with 12 people catching the potentially deadly disease from infected patients who later died, the World Health Organization said. The hospitals were in Riyadh, in Bisha city and in Wadi al-Dawasir in Riyad province

June 6, 2017

MERS causes new Saudi hospital outbreak: WHO

Ten people have caught the MERS corona virus after an outbreak in a haemodialysis unit in a hospital in Saudi Arabia, WHO said, without, at first, giving details of how the virus was able to spread within the hospital. At least 49 patients and medical staff were exposed. Later, Scientific American reported the cause was identified as a wrong diagnosis and wrong subsequent treatment

April 4, 2017
Reuters, Enca, Jakarta Globe, Scientific American, The National