Yemen Humanitarian Crisis: Seven Years On, WHO Strengthens Health System, Responds To Vital Health Needs, Saves Lives – Yemen

March 27, 2022 – Since 2015, Yemen has been facing a serious and complex humanitarian crisis, largely due to rising activities by armed groups, inter-ethnic tensions and economic decline.

The Yemen crisis is also linked to additional factors such as food and nutrition insecurity, COVID-19, other disease outbreaks, climate change and natural disasters. A devastated health system, disruptions to water and sanitation, and large numbers of displaced people have fueled the rapid spread of diseases such as cholera, diphtheria, measles, polio, and dengue fever.

Yet amid the devastation, the Yemeni people remain determined, resilient and hopeful.

Today, WHO continues to play a leading role in advising and supporting Yemen’s health authorities, partners and community health workers in their efforts to maintain essential and life-saving health facilities and services across the country and to reach the most vulnerable populations. WHO also ensures life-saving medical and nutritional care for children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) with medical complications. Medical supplies and equipment are being delivered to COVID-19 isolation centers and Emergency Response Centers (EOCs), which coordinate responses to all public health emergencies, with nearly 300 healthcare facilities being provided with fuel, oxygen, water and medical supplies and equipment to cope to enable this :

accommodate 322,454 patients

conduct 6.5 million outpatient consultations

give birth to 139,888 babies

perform 37,496 Caesarean sections

Perform 246,679 major and minor surgeries

Vaccinate 104,234 children against Penta 3

The health needs of the Yemeni people are expected to become even more urgent and far-reaching in 2022, barring a de-escalation of the conflict, an improvement in the economy and available funds for humanitarian areas, including the health sector.

Although health assistance to Yemen remains severely underfunded, WHO is prioritizing service continuity and the functionality of operating rooms, intensive care units and COVID-19 testing and treatment centers. WHO also continues to work to provide life-saving medical equipment, essential medicines, supplies and other support and services to keep most vital health services available to the Yemeni people.

WHO continues to call on all parties in Yemen to facilitate humanitarian access and protect civilians, health workers, patients and health facilities.

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