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WHO support to Yemen in 2016

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WHO delivered more than 537 tonnes of essential medicines and medical supplies to all governorates during_2016WHO delivered more than 537 tonnes of essential medicines and medical supplies to all governorates during 201610 January 2017 – Serious shortages of fuel, medicines and medical supplies in Yemen have resulted in a gradual collapse of the health system. All hospitals are facing shortages and struggling to keep their facilities open and to deliver essential health services.

In 2016, WHO distributed almost 2 million litres of fuel to maintain the functionality of main hospitals, vaccine stores/cold chain, ambulances, national laboratories, kidney and oncology centres, and health centres in affected  governorates.

WHO also distributed more than 537 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies to all Yemen’s governorates during 2016. These supplies included interagency emergency health kits sufficient to meet primary health care needs of 2 million people, trauma kits, diarrhoea kits, IV fluids, oxygen cylinders and medicines for chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular and kidney diseases.

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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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