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Yemen

Yemen

Emergency
2,2 million

displaced people in the country since the beginning of the conflict

1.1 million

people returning despite the ongoing insecurity

183,000

people have fled Yemen since March 2015

Background

Since 2014, Yemen has been under fire from clashes between Houthi rebels and government forces. This civil war has intensified since a coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia has been supporting the government, bombing several regions, notably Sana’a and Aden governorates in the west of the country. Part of the Yemeni population have been profoundly affected and are in need of emergency care. The intensification of the war threatens the life and livelihoods of tens of thousands of civilians and deprives them of humanitarian assistance.

The intensification of the war threatens the life and livelihoods of tens of thousands of civilians.

The conflict and the rapid deterioration in living conditions – in particular the shortage of foodstuffs owing to the blockade set up by the coalition – has led to famine conditions in some parts of the country, particularly the south and west.

Doctors of the World comes to the assistance of Yemeni populations by supporting five healthcare facilities in Jehanah ©Reuters
Doctors of the World comes to the assistance of Yemeni populations by supporting five healthcare facilities in Jehanah ©Reuters

What we do

Doctors of the World comes to the assistance of Yemeni populations by supporting five healthcare facilities in Jehanah (Sana’a Governorate) and Yareem (Ibb Governorate) districts. The association supplies medical equipment, support in emergency situations and medicines needed to treat the most common acute and chronic conditions.

Since the end of 2015, a Doctors of the World team has been based in Sana’a, working to rehabilitate medical facilities damaged by the bombardment and to reinstate primary healthcare. The objective is also to improve screening for and treatment of malnutrition in particularly vulnerable children, to care for the chronically sick and to offer psychological help to victims.  

Our teams also work on training medical staff and volunteers within the communities, as well as working to improve the system for referral to functioning specialist facilities of the most urgent cases.

In view of the tense security situation, a base camp has been opened in Djibouti, on the other side of the Gulf of Aden.

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