Yemen | News

WHO in Yemen

News

Print PDF

12 October 2020

Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and WHO join forces with the Government of Yemen to respond to COVID-19

Jeddah/Geneva, 12 October 2020 – The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have joined forces with Yemen’s Ministries of Health and Population and Planning and International Cooperation to provide emergency support to assist the country respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Built on Yemen’s national strategy to counter COVID-19, the partnership aims to reduce the occurrence and to minimize morbidity and mortality rates of COVID-19 in Yemen by strengthening the operational capacity of 32 specialized COVID-19 treatment centres and the laboratory testing capacity of 2 medical universities in...

05 October 2020

Patients return home to Yemen after medical treatment in Jordan

Sana’a, 4 October 2020 – The World Health Organization (WHO) Representative for Yemen Mr Altaf Musani, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Ms Lise Grande, and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Mr Martin Griffiths welcomed the return today of patients who have been receiving medical care in Jordan for diseases and conditions which cannot be treated in Yemen. “It’s wonderful to see patients coming home after receiving treatment,” said Ms Grande. “These are very special people. They were selected for the first flights of the medical airbridge in February because they were...

20 September 2020

Cancer patients in Yemen face the compounded pain of disease and conflict

20 September 2020 – The pain of cancer patients in Yemen is being compounded by the additional burden of conflict, displacement, widespread poverty and hunger. Jamila, a 40-year-old woman, is currently displaced due to the ongoing conflict. To add insult to injury, she has cancer. “It’s difficult to find medicines nowadays, and the available ones are very costly. Being without income, I cannot afford them”, said Jamila, who has received free of charge cancer medicine provided by a WHO-supported cancer centre. The ongoing conflict in Yemen has turned an already vulnerable country into...

20 September 2020

WHO and KSRelief renew partnership to continue sustaining Yemen’s health system

Cairo/Riyadh, 20 September 2020 – The World Health Organization (WHO) and the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) have renewed their partnership to continue sustaining the health system throughout Yemen.  The agreement, funded at US$ 46 million, includes support to essential health services, COVID-19 preparedness and response efforts and nutrition, water and environmental sanitation services across the county.  Thanks to this partnership, WHO will be able to facilitate the provision of a quality minimum service package to 25 hospitals serving 5.1 million beneficiaries. WHO will also work with health authorities and...

14 September 2020

Dengue fever control campaign in Aden

14 September 2020 – A dengue fever control campaign that will cover the 8 districts of Aden city was launched on 13 September by the Ministry of Public Health and Population, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief).  The 4-day campaign will include indoor and outdoor fogging, community awareness activités, vector surveillance and environmental management of all mosquitoes breeding sources, providing direct protection to 430 000 people and indirectly to the 1.7 million total population of Aden city.   The campaign...

06 September 2020

6 September 2020 – Fourteen cases of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) have been detected in several districts in Saada governorate, in the north-west of Yemen. The cases – children aged from 8 to 156 months – had onset of paralysis ranging from 31 January to 18 June 2020, with one other case from June 2019 also confirmed retrospectively. The 14 cases are clustered in an area with very low routine immunization levels that has been inaccessible to the polio programme since late 2018 for various reasons, including the restrictions due to...

31 August 2020

Fighting for the rights of renal failure patients in Yemen

31 August 2020 – Over 5 years of hostilities in Yemen have resulted in a massive setback to an already weak health care system and led to a dramatic collapse of health care services provided to the population. More than 17.9 million people out of the total population of 30 million require health care services in 2020, while only half of the health facilities are fully functioning. The dialysis centre also face a severe shortfall of essential supplies such as medication and fuel to run hospital equipment, as well as a...

30 July 2020

WHO and Italy, frontrunners in the fight against malnutrition in Yemen

30 July 2020 – The life of children in Yemen is marked by poverty, hunger and disease. In 2020, 2 million Yemeni children suffer from acute malnutrition, including nearly 320 000 from who suffer severe acute malnutrition, of whom up to 10% may end up with severe medical complications with a 90% chance of death, if not treated.  Ahmed and Qaed, 2-month-old twins from Ibb, suffered from severe acute malnutrition. They were admitted to a WHO-supported therapeutic feeding centre in Sana'a.  "Ahmed and Qaed got sick and could not be appropriately fed,...

29 July 2020

WHO and Japan work together to sustain the mental health care system in Yemen

29 July 2020 – Prolonged war and conflict in Yemen have resulted in psychological burden and trauma of unprecedented magnitude. Hundreds of thousands of people, including children, have been impacted by adverse mental health stressors due to large-scale insecurity, displacement and food insecurity crisis. The collapse of the socioeconomic fabric and state institutions, resulting in a lack of social protection and basic public services, including health care, has compounded the situation of the most vulnerable, including people with existing mental health conditions and psychosocial problems. Already vulnerable Yemenis are faced with COVID-19,...

29 July 2020

WHO and UNICEF confirm that polio vaccines are safe and have not expired

29 July 2020 – A lifesaving vaccination campaign is ongoing in 13 governorates in Yemen. Children are being provided with the polio vaccine and vitamin A micronutrient supplements to help protect them from preventable disease. Strict COVID-19 prevention measures are being practised in the interests of public health. WHO and UNICEF confirm that the vaccines are safe for use. These vaccines have not expired and, as with our vaccine cold chains globally, have been stored safely.

02 July 2020

Yemen, July 2, 2020 – A new US$ 3 million contribution from the Government of Japan will give mental health and psychosocial support a fresh boost of support in health facilities across Yemen. The generous and continuous support of the Government of Japan plays a critical role in supporting WHO’s humanitarian response in Yemen, with donations amounting to more than US$ 11.5 million between 2015 and 2020. Over 5 years of ongoing conflict have taken their toll on the mental health of the Yemeni people. Hundreds of thousands have been impacted...

02 July 2020

Health care workers face a double battle – COVID-19 in a conflict zone

2 July 2020 – Dr Sami Al Hajj is a young doctor working at Science and Technology Hospital in Sana’ where he lives with his pregnant wife. Every day, he puts himself at high risk at his job. “COVID-19 has left Yemen and health care workers on the frontlines under severe pressure. We put our lives at risk to save the lives of our people. I have seen many doctors fall sick and be admitted to be put on ventilators and monitors, or worse, die. This has been the hardest thing...

30 June 2020

Noncommunicable diseases are a silent burden on the people of Yemen

30 June 2020 – Esam is only 16 years old and he battles colon cancer. Esam receives treatment at the national oncology centre in Sana’a governorate, supported by WHO. “I am hopeful. I’m looking forward to a time when I am feeling better so I can lead a normal life like my friends,” he says. Patients who suffer from chronic diseases lead a challenging life. The additional burden of not being able to access or afford treatment is unimaginable. An estimated 35 000 cancer patients (10% of them children) and more than 1...

30 June 2020

WHO and KSrelief join forces to preserve the health system in Yemen

30 June 2020 – Over the past 8 months, WHO and the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) have joined forces to ensure access to health care for the vulnerable in remote areas through the provision of a minimum service package. The support has enabled WHO to sustain the health system at primary and secondary levels, by allowing 293 facilities to remain functional and provide health access to 4.3 million people. This support has also allowed WHO to prioritize the procurement and delivery of lifesaving medicines, including treatment for...

20 June 2020

In Yemen, ‘hero’ epidemiologist succumbs to COVID-19

By: Sadeq Al-Wesabi 20 June 2020 – Years after his retirement, Dr Yassin Abdul-Warith's passion for fighting epidemics across Yemen never waned nor did he rest until he died from one of the diseases he fought: COVID-19. One of the oldest and most well-known epidemiologists in Yemen, Dr Yassin had been working for around 50 years fighting different epidemics in the country, including Rift Valley fever, diphtheria, malaria, cholera and lately COVID-19. Health officials looked to Dr Yassin as a key source of scientific and historic knowledge on outbreaks and epidemiological surveillance in...

18 June 2020

Public and private sectors join forces to deliver lifesaving COVID-19 supplies in Yemen

Click here to view the multimedia assets 19 June 2020, Aden and Sana’a, Yemen — Aircraft carrying a total of 43 tons of laboratory supplies, ventilators, test kits, PCR machines and vital PPE to fight COVID-19 have arrived in Yemen, thanks to a donation to the World Health Organization (WHO) facilitated by the Hayel Saeed Anam Foundation on behalf of the International Initiative on COVID-19 in Yemen (IICY), a collaborative partnership of multinational companies and the United Nations. “This donation comes at a critical time. It will have a massive and immediate...

15 June 2020

Health care workers in the frontlines of the struggle against COVID-19

15 June 2020 – “I wished desperately that COVID-19 wouldn’t reach Yemen, as we are already suffering from cholera, diphtheria, dengue, malaria and malnutrition compounded with the ongoing conflict that has wrecked the already appalling health system,” said Khaled Mohammed, a laboratory technician in the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 department in the Central Laboratory in Sana’a.  Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and it is now facing another major threat to health security — COVID-19. If countries with well developed health systems are struggling to contain the virus, the...

02 June 2020

2 June 2020 – A recent press statement issued by local health authorities in Sana'a over the weekend made mention of the "ineffectiveness and inefficiency" of solutions and swabs that are part of the COVID-19 PCR testing kits provided to Yemen. The statement further went on to say that as a result of this, false positive results were generated when "non-human and unexpected samples" were tested, the findings of which would be revealed by local health authorities in a press conference in the coming days. As a matter of clarification, the...

27 May 2020

Health care workers, a fragile health system and the looming spectre of COVID-19 in Yemen

27 May 2020 – “I can only spend half an hour with my 7 children each day before I leave to work in the morning, since my workday doesn’t end until 3:00 a.m.,” says Dr Ali Abdulla, laboratory specialist and health director at the National Center of Public Health Laboratories in Sana’a. Since the beginning of the pandemic in Yemen, Dr Ali has been working non-stop in the laboratory despite the fact that he has not been paid in months. On 10 April 2020, the Ministry of Public Health and Population...

14 May 2020

WHO is working with authorities to scale up COVID-19 response in Yemen The World Health Organization (WHO) in Yemen has not shut down or suspended its operations as alleged in some sections of the media. It temporarily paused the movement of staff on the evening of 9 May 2020 in northern areas after receiving credible security threats. After a review of the situation on 10 May, this pause was lifted and did not impact WHO operations. With existing resources and efforts to mobilize additional funds, WHO has taken decisive steps and moved...

13 May 2020

Conflict-ridden Yemen faces unprecedented risk as COVID-19 starts to spread

13 May 2020 — Existing vulnerabilities, an already fragile health system and limited availability of medical supplies makes the risk COVID-19 poses to public health in Yemen unique, and mitigating the pandemic's effects all the more critical. With 24 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and millions surviving on emergency food aid, the magnitude of chronic malnutrition in the Yemeni population has become precarious, immune systems against infectious disease are lowered while levels of vulnerability heightened. While dealing with the pandemic, the already devastated health system in Yemen continues to...

10 May 2020

WHO, IOM raise concern over COVID-19 discrimination against migrants in Yemen

Cairo, 10 May 2020 – COVID-19’s presence in Yemen was officially confirmed on 10 April. Nearly a month later, Sana’a city’s first case was announced, that of a Somali refugee. Migrants in the country are being stigmatized as “transmitters of disease”. Xenophobia and scapegoating campaigns are leading to retaliation against these vulnerable communities, including physical and verbal harassment, forced quarantine, denial of access to health services, movement restrictions, and forced movements to frontline and desert areas, leaving them stranded without food, water and essential services. The World Health Organization (WHO) and...

03 May 2020

Statement by WHO’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean on COVID-19 in Yemen

Collective action and commitment is the only way to mitigate the pandemic 2 May 2020 - To date, there are seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the south of Yemen, including two deaths, as declared by national authorities. No other cases have been officially reported to WHO, although we anticipate the virus is actively circulating throughout the country. Best practices have shown that when people are informed and warned about outbreaks early on, and where measures are in place to test, trace, isolate and care for cases, transmission of the virus can...

27 April 2020

WHO, in partnership with UNFPA, ensures availability and access to lifesaving reproductive health services in Yemen

27 April 2020 – Yemen was struggling with a poor reproductive health system even before the situation was worsened by the war which pushed millions of people into further vulnerability and the health system into near collapse. In 2020, 3.75 million women and girls of reproductive age and 600 000 who would become pregnant or deliver are at risk of mortality and morbidity. The health system is functioning at half capacity, with only one third of functioning health facilities providing reproductive health services due to staff shortages, lack of supplies,...

19 April 2020

Thalassemia patients supported by the Emergency Health and Nutrition Project

19 April 2020 – Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder. Specialized care across the lifespan of a thalassemia patient can help them lead a normal and healthy life. Thalassemia is a treatable disorder that can be well managed with blood transfusions and chelation drugs. Patients suffering from thalassemia and blood disorders are benefiting from services provided by the national blood and transfusion centres supported by the Emergency Health and Nutrition Project. In 2019, WHO in partnership with the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), under the framework of the Emergency Health and Nutrition Project supported...

11 April 2020

10 April 2020, Yemen – Today, the Ministry of Public Health and Population in Aden announced the first laboratory confirmed case of coronavirus in Yemen. The individual who has tested positive has been isolated and is being treated in a local hospital where he is currently in a stable condition. Specially trained rapid response teams are tracing, and where appropriate, isolating everyone who has come into contact with him. “For weeks we have feared this, and now it’s happened. COVID-19 is in Yemen,” said Lise Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen. “After...

06 April 2020

Yemen, April 6, 2020 – The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) announced critical support to WHO — providing US$ 26.9 million towards Yemen’s preparedness and response scale-up to COVID-19 under a new World Bank-funded Yemen COVID-19 project. “Yemen’s health system is already fragile, and an outbreak of COVID-19 would be catastrophic — overwhelming hospitals, health facilities and health care workers,” said Altaf Musani, WHO Representative in Yemen.  Globally and as of the moment, COVID-19 affects 208 countries, resulting in a case load of over 1 133 700, including almost 62 784...

30 March 2020

Government of Japan and WHO strengthen emergency response to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in Yemen

30 March 2020 – It is the continuous support and contributions of partners like the Government of Japan that allow the World Health Organization (WHO) to serve the people of Yemen in the best way possible. The generous funding from the Government of Japan ensures that more than 7 million Yemenis will have increased access to essential health care, and at the same time, ensure urgent treatment is given to patients suffering from communicable diseases. Another priority addressed through these funds is infectious disease prevention and control by building capacity of national...

05 March 2020

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre supports WHO with US$ 10.5 million for malaria prevention and control in Yemen

5 March 2020 –The World Health Organization (WHO) and the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) have signed a joint cooperation agreement for US$ 10.5 million further bolstering malaria prevention and control efforts across Yemen. The agreement was signed during the recent humanitarian conference in Riyadh, this is the second time the conference convened dignitaries from all over the world to discuss humanitarian response support and the development nexus. Today, Yemen accounts for 17% of the regional malaria burden. In the war-torn country, a total of 18.2 million people...

03 March 2020

WHO supports patients in Yemen with lifesaving dialysis treatment

3 March 2020 – After 5 years of taking care of patients, Radeah found herself on the other side of the fence, suffering from renal failure. Since her diagnosis three years ago, she has had to quit her work as a nurse. She now comes to hospital not to treat patients, but rather receive treatment for her illness—with dialysis sessions twice weekly.  “I have lost 3 of my friends to renal failure and I don’t want to be next, this is why I am grateful for these sessions. When I was...

27 February 2020

WHO continues efforts in the fight against cholera

27 February 2020 – In a health centre called the 26th September, 50-year-old Mariam fought for her life as cholera and heart disease ravaged her body. Mariam was rushed to the health centre after suffering from severe watery diarrhoea, dehydration and hypertension. “She was shaking uncontrollably, and I was terrified to lose her especially as she also suffers from heart disease,” said Waheed, Mariam’s young son. Two days have passed since Mariam was hospitalized, now she is receiving treatment for cholera. “I had suspicions that my mother had cholera. I was infected with...

23 February 2020

The Emergency Health and Nutrition Project supports early breast cancer detection

23 February 2020 – Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women worldwide, impacting 2.1 million women each year, causing the greatest number of cancer-related deaths among women. In 2018, WHO estimated that 627 000 women died from breast cancer – approximately 15% of all cancer deaths among women. While breast cancer rates are higher among women in more developed regions, rates are increasing in nearly every region globally.   In Yemen, a country in conflict and economic freefall, breast cancer accounts for a quarter of diagnosed female...

09 February 2020

Journey to recovery: Yemeni patients get new lease on life in Jordan

9 February 2020 – A plane carrying Yemeni civilians who need medical treatment abroad landed in Jordan yesterday. The flight is the second to arrive this week as part of the United Nations/WHO medical airbridge operation. “These are some of the first civilians to leave the country since the start of the crisis, signaling a new era of hope for Yemen and all Yemenis,” said Altaf Musani, WHO Representative in Yemen.  Earlier this week, 6 children were the first patients to be flown out of Yemen as part of the medical airbridge operation. Several...

03 February 2020

Joint statement by UN Special Envoy for Yemen, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen and World Health Organization in Yemen on UN medical air bridge flights

3 February 2020, Sana’a/Amman — The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande and the World Health Organization Representative for Yemen, Altaf Musani, welcomed today the launch of the medical air bridge operation that brought the first group of Yemeni patients in need of specialized medical assistance from Yemen to Jordan. Today was the maiden voyage of the medical air bridge operation that brought a number of patients out of an initial group of 30 along with their respective travel companions from Sanaa...

29 December 2019

Emergency Health and Nutrition Project reduces infection in Yemen

29 December 2019 – Based on data gathered by WHO from a number of countries, it can be estimated that each year, hundreds of millions of patients around the world are affected by health care-associated infections (HAI). The burden of HAI is several fold higher in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income ones.  In a country torn apart by war, Yemeni people seeking medical support struggle to receive proper and effective medical treatment. Most of the hospital’s medical equipment requires replacement like the sterile supply department of Al-Thawra hospital. The...

18 December 2019

Seasonal influenza in Yemen

18 December 2019, Yemen – WHO has confirmed that there are no signs of unusually high rates of influenza in Yemen. Infection rates are typically higher between October and March, in Yemen as in other countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region, but they have not risen beyond the normal seasonal pattern in 2019. Seasonal influenza is an acute respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses which circulate in all parts of the world. Symptoms include a sudden onset of fever, cough, headache, muscle and joint pain, severe malaise (feeling unwell), sore throat...

17 November 2019

Dengue and malaria update

Updated: 18 November 2019, Yemen – Over 4 years of conflict in Yemen have resulted in the displacement of over 2 million people, destroyed infrastructure and taken systems to the brink of collapse. Yemen, like the majority of countries in conflict, has sustained massive damage to its infrastructure. The successive onslaught of heavy rains, resulting in flash floods and inadequate drainage have turned harmless puddles into active mosquito breeding sites. These larvae are given space and time to turn into adult mosquitos who then infect people. “Containing these diseases has been...

13 November 2019

WHO remains vigilant in the detection, prevention and control of communicable diseases in Yemen

13 November 2019 – In a non-permissive environment replete with operational and security challenges, the expansion of the national electronic disease early warning system (eDEWS) in Yemen to identify and quickly control infectious disease outbreaks is nothing short of a miracle. Even in the middle of active conflict, WHO, through its Emergency Health and Nutrition Project (EHNP) partnership the World Bank, successfully revamped and expanded Yemen’s existing eDEWs system, transitioning it from a paper-based system into a centralized, electronic reporting system. New sentinel sites are added each year to cover more areas...

06 November 2019

ECHO and WHO partnership meets critical trauma needs in Yemen

6 November 2019 – The conflict in Yemen continues to intensify, sparking multiple frontlines across the country. Since 2015, an estimated 70 000 men, women and children have either lost their lives or suffered serious injuries as a result of the conflict. These injuries threaten to debilitate thousands physically and financially — especially those who do not have immediate access to trauma care.  The injection of 5 million euros from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) is dedicated to supporting trauma care, emergency medical services and surgical mobile...

23 October 2019

Thalassaemia patients have renewed hope through support provided by the Emergency Health and Nutrition Project

5 November 2019, Yemen – The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank, through the Emergency Health and Nutrition Project (EHNP), are providing life-saving support to thalassemia patients in Yemen. In 2019, blood bags provided reached almost 45 000 bag, along with laboratory reagents critical to ensuring safe blood transfusions further strengthening the capacity at the blood transfusion centres across the country. Globally, over 50 000 people are born each year with a severe form of thalassemia – a blood disorder causing the body to make an abnormal or inadequate amount...

03 October 2019

3 October 2019 – WHO and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) are working together to fight malnutrition in Yemen. This valued partner has generously donated critical funding in the amount of EUR 2 million in support of the nutrition response in Yemen. This  is a testament to the Government of Italy’s sustained commitment to the people of Yemen. This new funding is a symbol of the continuing partnership between AICS, WHO, and the Government of Italy, which started in 2018. People on the brink of starvation Almost 20 million...

03 October 2019

3 October 2019 – As Yemen approaches more than 4 years of war, an estimated 20 million people are in need of access to healthcare. Through the generous support of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), WHO has been able to meet health needs in the midst of this evolving conflict. Strategic partnerships save lives “In Yemen, the operative word is “survival” -- not only are we meeting the immediate and urgent health needs of the people, we are also protecting the health system from collapse—and we cannot...

03 October 2019

3 October 2019 – As Yemen approaches more than 4 years of war, an estimated 20 million people are in need of access to healthcare. Through the generous support of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), WHO has been able to meet health needs in the midst of this evolving conflict. Strategic partnerships save lives “In Yemen, the operative word is “survival” -- not only are we meeting the immediate and urgent health needs of the people, we are also protecting the health system from collapse—and we cannot...

03 October 2019

WHO and Kuwait: Protecting Yemen’s “Right to Health”

3 October 2019 –  Thanks to the generous support of the Government of Kuwait, in terms of continued funding, based on a long-standing partnership—in the amount of US$ 23 million, this flexible funding is currently allowing WHO to meet the most urgent needs of the people of Yemen even as the situation evolves on a daily basis—impacting response operations frequently. Almost 20 million people lack access to adequate healthcare, and 17.8 million people lack access to safe water and sanitation—a large contributor to the world’s largest, most explosive, cholera outbreak...

21 August 2019

Second round of oral cholera vaccine reaches nearly 400 000 people in Aden, Taiz and Al Dhale’e

Sana’a, 21 August 2019 — A 6-day oral cholera vaccination campaign reached almost 400 000 people, including almost 65 000 children under the age of 5 in Aden, Al Dhale’e and Taiz, where high numbers of suspected cholera and acute watery diarrhoea cases have been recorded. The first few months of 2019 saw an increase of reported acute watery diarrhoea cases in over 95% of districts across Yemen. Between January and the end of July 2019, there have been nearly 536 000 suspected cases and 773 associated deaths. Children under 5...

19 August 2019

#womenhumanitarians: celebrating World Humanitarian Day in Yemen

Laura Lloyd Braff I have been involved in emergency response work for the WHO since 2013, and have been stationed in Yemen since 2017.  In Yemen, I work as a Project Management Officer on the Emergency Health and Nutrition Project (EHNP), which, in partnership with the World Bank and UNICEF, supports the provision of Health and Nutrition Services in health facilities, while simultaneously protecting the health system in Yemen from collapse so future generations can benefit from it. My day-to-day work in Yemen involves general follow-up of our activities as a...

02 July 2019

WHO supports emergency medical care in Al Thawra Hospital, Sana’a, Yemen

To support the functionality of Al Thawra Hospital’s emergency sections, WHO has installed an oxygen station in the facility, and equipped the intensive care unit with medical equipment.  2 July 2019, Sana’a, Yemen – Mohammed Abdullah, 13, sits in the intensive care unit of Al Thawra Hospital, the biggest referral hospital in Yemen’s capital Sana’a. “He was feeling well a few days ago, but all of a sudden, he felt pain in his chest and back and started vomiting vigorously,” says his mother. Mohamed was rushed to a private hospital near his...

27 May 2019

27 May 2019, Aden/Sana’a — The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed its gratitude to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates for a grant of US$ 20 million, which will support ongoing efforts to stop the spread of cholera in Yemen. “This support is crucial for stopping cholera transmission in the most affected communities, and to build the capacity to rapidly detect and respond to future outbreaks,” said Altaf Musani, WHO Representative in Yemen. Yemen has been grappling with cholera outbreaks since the end of 2016, with the ongoing crisis in the country...

25 April 2019

Government of Japan support to WHO response in Yemen

24 April 2019 – Contributions from the Government of Japan have been crucial to WHO’s health response in Yemen. Between 2016 and 2019, the Government of Japan generously supported WHO’s humanitarian response with over US$ 11 million, allowing WHO to reach over 824 000 people with essential healthcare services and ensure the continuation of life-saving programmes.   In 2019, donations from Japan will continue to allow WHO to scale up its capacity-building actives for national health care personnel. These activities will target thousands of health professionals across the country, building on their capacity to deliver pre-hospital care. “Health...

27 March 2019

Two years since world's largest outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea and cholera, Yemen witnessing another sharp increase in reported cases with number of deaths continuing to increase

From Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director in the Middle East and North Africa and Dr Ahmed Al Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Muscat/Amman/Cairo, 26 March 2019 – “In Yemen, since the beginning of the year until 17 March, nearly 109 000 cases of severe acute watery diarrhoea and suspected cholera were reported with 190 total associated deaths since January. Nearly one third of the reported cases are children under the age of 5. This comes 2 years since Yemen witnessed the world's largest outbreak when more than 1 million cases...

23 March 2019

23 March 2019 - I have just returned from Yemen, where I witnessed firsthand the suffering, illness and death of innocent civilians caught up in this crisis. In my visits to hospitals in Aden and Sana’a, I saw newborn babies and children, sometimes 2-3 to a bed, suffering from severe acute malnutrition, heart and renal failure, pneumonia and other life-threatening conditions. Doctors told me that some would not survive the week. I met weak and frail kidney failure patients who receive dialysis sessions only once week, instead of the standard three, due...

19 February 2019

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...

14 February 2019

Despite civil unrest, almost half a million Yemenis treated for onchocerciasis

12 February 2019 | Geneva | Cairo | Sanaʽa – Defying logistical challenges and despite ongoing civil unrest and instability, health-care workers in Yemen have been able to distribute medicines through large-scale treatment of people at risk of onchocerciasis in 33 districts of the country’s 8 governorates [1]. The 3-day campaign on 28–31 January 2019 was led by Yemen’s Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization’s country office, with support of the Expanded Special Project for Neglected Tropical Disease (ESPEN) and the World Bank through the Emergency Health and Nutrition Project...

04 February 2019

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. Layan was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma – a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system – in March 2018. “When we admitted Layan to hospital, there were no empty beds and we had to wait for days until she was finally able to receive treatment. My heart aches and no words can describe how I feel...

24 January 2019

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

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. This critical support will allow WHO to reach more than 600 000 of the most vulnerable people in need of essential health services...

27 December 2018

Cholera and malnutrition in Yemen threatens millions

27 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. Two-and-a-half-year-old Ramez and eight-month-old Mohamed are brothers. Small and frail, they have been diagnosed with cholera and are moderately malnourished. Their family moved from Hajjah...

17 December 2018

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

20 November 2018

Leukaemia patients in Yemen suffer in silence amid war

20 November 2018 – Millions are living through the worst humanitarian crises in the world. In a world where basic infrastructure and services are a presumed part of daily life, Yemeni citizens struggle to meet simple needs of access to clean water, sanitation, food and primary health care. The energy formerly spent on development and capacity-building is being wasted on struggling to stay alive and healthy. Almost four years of war has pushed an already weak health system to near ruin. People with chronic illnesses are struggling more than ever before...

07 November 2018

WHO supports district health facilities in Yemen to respond to basic health needs

7 November 2018 – More than 3 and a half years of war and conflict in Yemen have resulted in widespread devastation and the silent suffering of millions of people. With half of all health facilities closed, access to basic services is limited for Yemenis, resulting in an extremely deteriorated health situation across the country. Vulnerable communities are forced to travel long distances in order to access basic health care. Due to the precarious economic situation as a result of the conflict, the sick have no choice but to stay at...

03 October 2018

Internally displaced persons from Hudaydah endure harsh circumstances in Sana'a

Dissipated sense of security With the recent escalation of conflict in the port town of Al-Hudaydah, thousands of people were forced to flee to the capital city Sana’a to escape the insecurity and increasing poverty, malnutrition and disease outbreaks. These displaced people include Yemen’s most vulnerable: the elderly, pregnant women, people who carry the burden of chronic illnesses, and caregivers who bear the responsibility of providing for their children. Abu Bakr school in Sana’a serves as a transit facility for many displaced families from Al-Hudaydah who have nowhere else to go. Through...