Yemen crisis

UN Call for Solidarity for Yemen

26 February 2019 - The humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains the worst in the world. An estimated 65% of the population – close to 20 million people – need health assistance and only half the country’s health facilities are fully functional. WHO joins the UN and other partners in calling for donors to contribute generously to the Yemen Humanitarian Fund.

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Nationwide measles and rubella immunization campaign reaches 11.6 million children in Yemen

21 February 2019 – In collaboration with local health authorities, WHO and UNICEF have concluded a nationwide measles and rubella vaccination campaign in Yemen reaching more than 11.6 million children aged 6 months–16 years across the country. This represents 90% of all children targeted.


The Minimum Service Package – a lifeline for the vulnerable in remote areas

19 February 2019 – With a health system on the brink of collapse, and ongoing conflict causing one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world, the health needs in Yemen are massive.

The Minimum Service Package (MSP) is a health delivery mechanism aimed at strengthening the access and availability of health care services therefore strengthening the health system in Yemen. Through the framework of the MSP, WHO in cooperation with health authorities and partners, is able to support the provision of primary health care services at the district level in 42 districts.


Cancer patients face ‘death sentence’ in Yemen

4 February 2019 – “Mum, it hurts very much.” With tears in her eyes, 4-year-old Layan describes to her mother how she feels about the cannula that has been in her hand for days.

Providing urgent health care to millions: WHO and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation work together to reach the most vulnerable in Yemen

24 January 2019, Sana’a, Yemen — With a generous donation of 2 million euros from the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, the World Health Organization (WHO) is scaling up efforts to meet health needs in Yemen through the health service delivery mechanism known as the Minimum Service Package. This is the first time since the start of the crisis in Yemen that WHO has partnered with the Agency

Cholera and malnutrition in Yemen threatens millions

29 December 2018 ─ Al Sabeen Hospital in Sana’a has admitted many cholera patients over the last 2 years, including infants as young as 2 months. Many of them also suffer from acute malnutrition. At the peak of the cholera outbreak more than 150 patients a day were being admitted to Al Sabeen hospital with severe watery diarrhoea. Some 20% of the total were diagnosed with cholera.

WHO enhances access to basic health care in Yemen

17 December 2018 – Afaf, 7, has come to Aslam district to Al Jumhouri Hospital in Hajjah governorate, Yemen, a journey of more than a 100 km over difficult roads, to receive treatment for severe acute malnutrition and other problems. “When we have money to seek medical care we take her to the hospital, but when we don’t she must stay at home until she recovers on her own,” said Um Afaf.


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