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Reproductive health

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Community midwife taking care of a baby after delivery in a public health facility in YemenMidwifery services at a public health facility in YemenA reproductive health strategy (2011–2015) for Yemen has been developed with the support of WHO. It was prepared by a team consisting of two international consultants and one national consultant. It is a revision of the 2006–2010 strategy, based on discussions with all stakeholders and in working groups at the Ministry of Public Health and Population. A draft was prepared and discussed in two workshops, after which the strategy was finalized and endorsed.

The strategy highlights the main features of the current situation, identifies priorities and guiding principles, and sets out its vision, goals, objectives, prioritized strategies and interventions. There are two main strategic areas: maternal and newborn health; and family planning. The strategy also outlines the implementation mechanisms, a log fame and an operational plan with costings.

Partners

Alongside the Ministry of Public Health and Population and WHO, there are a range of international and national partners working on different aspects of reproductive health in Yemen. Most partners work in selected districts and governorates, with some overlap.

National partners include:

Islah Social and Charitable Society

Yemeni Family Care Association

Yemeni Midwives Association.

International partners include:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

European Union (EU)

Netherlands Embassy

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

World Bank.

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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