Forced to flee from her home yet her vital work continues
Decades of conflict & instability
8 million affected|Food shortages|Threat of violence
Yemen has suffered decades of conflict and political instability, as rival factions and terrorist groups, including Al Qaeda have fought for influence and control over different areas of the country. The effect of this instability includes a chronically weak health care system and the highest rates of child malnutrition anywhere in the Middle East.
In August 2014, anti-government protests escalated into an armed rebellion. By September a rebel group known as the Houthis had taken control of the capital Sana’a and large areas of the country and advanced towards southern Yemen. In response a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states began airstrikes on Houthi targets.
An estimated 8 million have been affected by the recent fighting. The number of people forced to leave their homes has increased to nearly 1.4 million and is rising rapidly. Few humanitarian organisations continue to function in Yemen. For those that do – including International Medical Corps – operations are severely restricted by the lack of resources, including fuel, as well as an increasingly tenuous security situation. Without immediate replenishment of fuel, water, and medical supplies, it is expected all humanitarian activity in the country will cease in the coming two to three weeks
International Medical Corps has maintained a permanent presence in Yemen since 2012, with three offices and more than 175 local staff in the country.
Our life-saving assistance includes: primary and secondary health care, mother and child health, water, sanitation and hygiene and food projects.
Primary health care: We continue to operate mobile medical units around the cities of Aden and Lahj. These small teams of doctors, nurses and other experts are able to travel out into remote or isolated communities, bringing lifesaving health care to those cut off by the fighting.
Water, sanitation & hygiene: We have been trucking water to hospitals and health centres around Yemen, as many have no access to safe clean water.
Food: We estimate the number of severely malnourished children in the country could double from pre-conflict levels, reaching over 1.5 million. Millions of Yemeni children need special foods like Plumpy’Nut, and now there is a nationwide shortage. International Medical Corps is looking at all options available for bringing in ready-to-use therapeutic food supplies.
Our impact and work
Yemen's healthcare system confronts mounting burden
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