Yemen crisis

The impact of undernutrition in Yemen

23 November 2018 -- Yasmeen from Yemen is only 8-months old. She lies in Al-Thawra hospital in Hodeidah. Like many of the severely malnourished children in this hospital she doesn’t cry. Her little body is lethargic and feeble; it lacks the energy to cry.

In this WHO-supported clinic, severely malnourished Yemenis children find help. The most critical cases are those who are not only malnourished but also have medical complications, like respiratory tract infections, severe anaemia, dehydration, and no appetite.

WHO staff, Sadeq Hasan, returned to al-Thawra Hospital in Hudeydah four days after the attack.

'It had turned into a ghost hospital': A survivor reflects on the impact of bombing in Yemen

In this series we interview health workers who survived an attack. We start with a story from Yemen, where a bombing of a hospital in Yemen took lives and crippled health care for a community.

Leukaemia patients in Yemen suffer in silence amid war

22 November 2018 -- Almost four years of war in Yemen have pushed an already weak health system to near ruin. People with chronic illnesses are struggling more than ever before to access treatment. The current situation forces 35 000 cancer patients – and nearly 11 000 new cases are diagnosed yearly – to hope only to survive rather than thrive. Almost half of the hospitals and health facilities have been destroyed due to the war, leaving the health system teetering on the brink of collapse.

Dr Ahmed Al Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean

Statement on Yemen by
Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari,
WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean

8 November 2018 Cairo – The current violence in Al Hudaydah is placing tens of thousands of already vulnerable people at risk, and preventing WHO from reaching them with the help they urgently need. The violence, now in close proximity to the area hospitals, is affecting the movement and safety of health staff, patients and ambulances, as well as the functionality of health facilities, leaving hundreds without access to treatment.


WHO supports district health facilities in Yemen to respond to basic health needs

7 November 2018 – More than 3 and a half years of war and conflict in Yemen has resulted in widespread devastation and the silent suffering of millions of people. With half of all health facilities closed, access to basic services is limited for Yemenis, resulting in an extremely deteriorated health situation across the country.

Internally displaced persons from Hudaydah endure harsh circumstances in Sana'a

8 October 2018 -- With the recent escalation of conflict in the port town of Al-Hudaydah, thousands of people were forced to flee to the capital city Sana’a to escape the insecurity and increasing poverty, malnutrition and disease outbreaks. These displaced people include Yemen’s most vulnerable: the elderly, pregnant women, people who carry the burden of chronic illnesses, and caregivers who bear the responsibility of providing for their children.

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