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A man dresses his malnourished daughter at a malnutrition intensive care unit in Yemen’s capital Sanaa April 6, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Aden- Yemen’s Minister of Local Administration and Chairman to the Higher Human Relief Committee Abed Araqib Fateh Al Aswadi announced an international conference to be held March of 2017 in the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh.

The convention will bring Yemeni civil agencies together with Arab and international organizations –both governmental and nongovernmental.

Aswadi also added that the contribution of Saudi businessmen and members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) would help in bringing a positive and productive atmosphere to the conference.

The future seminar is expected to touch on the subject of Yemen and its development.

Minister Aswadi told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the chief target of the conference is to draw in funding and projects related to humanitarian relief in Yemen.

He added that the Yemeni government holds its self accountable towards gathering needed resources to support national relief and rehabilitation, namely restoration of infrastructure.

Finding an effective and functioning partnership with civil organizations and relief agencies, in addition to supporting local development, is also a principal mission in which the government aims to fulfill, he added.

Alaswadi explained that the conference is still in its initial phase, which includes preparation and planning.

For his part as chairman to the national human relief committee, Alaswadi said that the body will soon be launching a number of humanitarian aid missions for Abyan, a governorate situated south of Yemen.

Restoring damaged schools, vocational academies and medical facilities is a part of the program prepared for Abyan, said Alaswadi.

He added that medical treatment for tuberculosis (TB) and kidney failure patients will be provided for the region, in addition to insecticide campaigns which repel mosquitos- usually carried out to prevent the spread of Dengue Fever and malaria.

Abyan patients suffering chronic illnesses, such as those diagnosed with diabetes and cancer, will also be supplied with proper treatment.

Five hundred families will also be supplied with basic life necessities, in addition to receiving full restoration of their houses. Power and water supplies will also be provided for the area, said Alaswadi.