International Medical Corps mobile medical teams are on the ground working to provide lifesaving medical treatment and nutrition services in some of the hardest hit locations in Yemen.
We are also delivering vital medications and supplies to 78 primary health facilities in Sana’a, Taiz and Lahj governorates and 13 hospitals in Aden, Taiz, Sana’a and Harad cities, along with Lahj and Al Dhalah governorates some of which are treating 20-30 injured patients a day.
International Medical Corps is distributing relief supplies we already had in country and what we’ve been able to purchase on the local market, but supplies and fuel are becoming scarce. We need safe, secure access to get lifesaving supplies into Yemen and distributed to those in need.
Once we are able to get additional staff and supplies in to hard-hit areas, we are prepared to provide a comprehensive emergency response—including providing trauma and emergency health care, vital medical supplies, and training for local first responders, who will help the people of Yemen now and long into the future.
Airstrikes on 24 April injured six International Medical Corps staff and damaged a warehouse in Sana’a.
Even before the latest escalation of the conflict, 14.7 million – or 58% of the population of Yemen – needed humanitarian assistance to meet their most basic daily needs, and now these vulnerable populations are at grave risk. Initial WFP estimates project that 12 million people are now food insecure in Yemen – a 13 percent increase over end-year 2014 estimates. (OCHA)
Between March 19 and April 20, WHO reports 1,080 people were killed—including 28 children and 48 women—and 4,352 people were injured—including 80 children and 143 women—due to violence. (OCHA)
The escalating humanitarian crisis has affected 19 out of 22 governorates, displacing an estimated 220,000 people to date. (UN)
Food insecurity is rapidly increasing with reported food price increases of up to 40 percent in southern governorates. Given the continued limited access to sea and airports, food availability is becoming scarce. Where food is available, it is no longer affordable for the average Yemeni.
The current fuel crisis in Yemen continues to be exacerbated with prices having increased over twentyfold in some areas, when available. Fuel shortages are becoming a key determinant to posing a high operational risk for humanitarian activities.
Civilian infrastructure such as schools, health facilities, communication towers and electricity stations have been damaged and some have been destroyed.
We are hearing reports that medical staff have been targeted, and many foreign medical personnel are leaving Yemen, further stretching an already strained health system.
Medicine, medical supplies and medical equipment are running low in hospitals and clinics treating the wounded. There is little or no electricity and water; and the food and fuel crisis is rapidly intensifying.
Yemen has long struggled with child malnutrition, with some of the highest rates in the world. Millions of Yemeni children need special foods like Plumpy’Nut, and now there is a nationwide shortage. International Medical Corps is looking at options for bringing in ready-to-use therapeutic food supplies.
International Medical Corps has been operational in Yemen since 2012, with three offices around the country and more than 175 local staff.
Today our humanitarian programs include rapid emergency response, health systems strengthening and service provision, maternal and child health, protection, community development and water, sanitation and hygiene.
A wide network of long-standing relationships with local partners and government ministries is a key feature of International Medical Corps’ strong work in the region and has contributed to our role responding to humanitarian needs in Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Libya, Turkey and Yemen.
Nutrition International Medical Corps, supported by the European Commission, is taking action to reduce the levels of acute malnutrition in children under five and pregnant and lactating women. Our approach is rooted in local communities by improving the availability of nutrition services at health centres where pregnant women and new mothers already spend time. We also encourage proper hygiene practices and support households to increase their income, which in turn allows families to buy more nutritious food.
With the support of Europeaid we are strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Public Health and Population to plan, implement and monitor micronutrient projects. These have a great impact on the nutrition levels of hundreds of thousands of children across the country.
Vaccinations International Medical Corps is also working to address the measles epidemic which has spread at the beginning of summer 2014. More than 24,000 children under five from Sana’a and the surrounding rural areas have been vaccinated against the disease and more than 15,000 have also been provided with food supplementation. The measles campaign was funded by the START Fund.