WHO enhances access to basic health care in Yemen

Seven-year-old Afaf travels more than 100 km of difficult roads to receive treatment for severe acute malnutrition

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.

In the same hospital is Nabila Yahya. She has come from Al Shaghadira District with her six-week old daughter Amira.

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 25 235
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 3.9
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 1.5
Life expectancy 65.7

Source: Country statistical profiles 2017

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