people in need of humanitarian assistance
children under the age of 5 suffering from malnutrition
Yemen – the humanitarian situation steadily worsens
Since 2014, Yemen has been under fire due to clashes between Houthi rebels and government forces. This civil war took on an international dimension when a coalition of Arab states, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, became involved in the conflict, mainly through a large-scale and often indiscriminate campaign of airstrikes, resulting in the deaths of large numbers of civilians.
The blockade prevents aid from being delivered to Yemen
In addition, the sometimes complete blockade imposed by the coalition hinders the delivery of aid to Yemen. It has triggered a severe economic crisis, critically weakened state institutions, which no longer have financial resources, and led to a serious deterioration in food and nutritional security. The healthcare system has also been severely affected, with half of healthcare facilities not currently functioning.
Despite many attempts by the United Nations to negotiate a ceasefire which would lead to a global resolution of the conflict, the warring parties continue to hamper diplomatic progress. In December 2018, UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, negotiated a ceasefire, known as the Stockholm Agreement. A year later the Agreement was still not being respected and, although fighting around Hodeidah has eased, on other fronts hostilities have intensified.
80% of the population of Yemen is inneed of humanitarian assistance
Away from the talks, the conflict continues to threaten the lives of millions of people. Today the UN considers the humanitarian crisis in Yemen to be the worst in the world, with almost 80% of the population in need of humanitarian assistance.
Our activities in Yemen
Since 2015, Médecins du Monde has been working in the north of Yemen to improve access to care at 11 health centres in Sana’a, Ibb and Amanat Alasimah Governorates, although half the healthcare facilities are unusable and obtaining medical supplies is still extremely difficult.
In 2019, Médecins du Monde opened a base in Aden, in the south of the country, and signed an agreement with the health authorities to support five new healthcare facilities in Lahj and Abyan Governorates.
Médecins du Monde’s support for Yemeni Ministry of Health facilities in the north and south of the country ensures that the population has access to medical consultations, antenatal and postnatal consultations, routine vaccinations, nutritional care and treatment, psychosocial support and individual mental health consultations, as well as health education sessions.
In addition, our humanitarian action aims to provide a response to epidemics as they arise. This is assured by providing medicines, training and technical support for healthcare staff from the Ministry of Health and refurbishment of damaged infrastructure.
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