US Ambassador opens US-funded projects in Marib [Archives:2003/681/Local News]

October 30 2003

US Ambassador Edmund J. Hull visited the governorate of Marib on Oct. 22, with Minister of Health and Population, Dr. Mohammad Al-Nomi.
They attended U.S. funded projects there. Both officials were met by the Governor of Marib Brigadier Abdullah Ali Al-Nasi on their arrival to the province.
The ambassador, the minister and the governor participated in the dedication of the Medical Health Center, funded by the US Embassy in Sana’a at a total cost of about $260,000, including the equipment and training for health workers.
The project ,which will serve 20,000 people in the region, was implemented by the Social Fund for Development (SFD).
Afterwards, the three officials visited the High Institute for Teachers Training in Marib, to attend the closing ceremony of the “Agriculture Rural Women Guide Workshop,” a component of the Marib Agriculture Pilot Project.
The training was conducted Sept. 29 to Oct. 20, under the supervision of the Public Works Projects in Marib. This workshop is the first of its kind that aims to spread awareness of how women farmers can maintain livestock.
The President’s Hospital was the final stop during the visit.
The hospital, which is being built by Yemeni government funds, will be totally equipped with funding by the US Government at a total cost of around $5.3 million, including training for the hospital’s health cadre.
In a brief meeting with journalists, Ambassador Hull affirmed that Marib is not the only Yemeni governorate that benefits from US funding.
Other disadvantaged governorates such as Amran, Shabwa and al-Jawf also receive U.S. aid.
Areas of health, agriculture and education are the main focus of this funding, the Ambassador added.