Yemen crisis

WHO, WFP and UNICEF: Yemen’s families cannot withstand another day of war, let alone another 1,000

29 December 2017 Sana’a – Joint statement by: WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and WFP Executive Director David Beasley.

“More than 1000 days of families driven from their homes by brutal violence. 1000 days without enough food to eat and safe water to drink. 1000 days of bombed hospitals and damaged schools. 1000 days of children recruited to fight. 1000 days of disease and death … of unimaginable human suffering.

WHO delivers 70 tons of life-saving medicines and supplies to Sana’a

21 December 2017 Sana’a – A World Health Organization-chartered aircraft carrying more than 70 tons of essential medicines and surgical supplies landed in Sana’a Airport today, the largest planeload delivered by WHO to Yemen this year. The shipment contains trauma kits sufficient to meet the needs of 2000 patients requiring surgical care, as well as various types of rapid diagnostic tests and laboratory reagents to cover the urgent needs of central laboratories and blood banks.

Mohammed Qasim, of Hodeidah, Yemen and a father of eight children was diagnosed with renal failure in July. He had to undergo surgical intervention which he could not afford.

The struggle of low income patients in Yemen

14 December 2017, Sana’a, Yemen - Mohammed Qasim of Hodeidah Governorate in Yemen was diagnosed with renal failure in July 2017. In order to be able to receive dialysis sessions, he had to undergo a surgical intervention to create an arteriovenous fistula for dialysis access. The governorate of Hodeidah where Qasim has been living with his family for the past 23 years is one of the poorest governorates in Yemen. The majority of its residents work in trade, farming or fishing. The living conditions of thousands of people have worsened because of the war in Yemen.


WHO steps up efforts to fight severe acute malnutrition cases in Yemen

7 December 2017 -- Currently, there are around 400 000 children in Yemen suffering from severe acute malnutrition. WHO is actively involved in rebuilding existing therapeutic feeding centres and, in addition, has distributed 120 nutritional kits to all centres in Yemen. These life-saving kits can treat up to 6000 cases of severe acute malnutrition. WHO is also training health workers whose role is to work in and manage the centres. To date, WHO has trained 164 health workers at these centres located in 10 of the worst affected governorates.


United Nations leaders call on the Saudi-led coalition to fully lift blockade of Yemeni Red Sea ports

2 December 2017 – Without the urgent resumption of commercial imports in Yemen, especially food, fuel and medicines, millions of children, women and men risk mass hunger, disease and death.


WHO delivers medicines as diphtheria spreads in Yemen

27 November 2017 | SANA'A - WHO has delivered medicines to tackle an outbreak of diphtheria in Yemen, warning that sustained humanitarian access is critical to stopping its spread. The shipment of 1,000 vials of life-saving anti-toxins and 17 tonnes of medical supplies arrived in Sanaa on Monday (November 27) after being stalled by the three-week closure of sea and air ports.

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UN leaders appeal for immediate lifting of humanitarian blockade in Yemen – lives of millions are at risk

16 November 2017 -- Together, we issue another urgent appeal for the coalition to permit entry of lifesaving supplies to Yemen in response to what is now the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. The supplies, which include medicines, vaccines and food, are essential to staving off disease and starvation. Without them, untold thousands of innocent victims, among them many children, will die.


Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.

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