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Doa'a's Story

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.

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Our impact and work

Rebuilding Lives

Rebuilding lives in a conflict zone, one step at a time

Rebuilding lives in a conflict zone, one step at a time

Rebuilding lives in a conflict zone, one step at a time

Mrs Qarar overcame adversity

Fatemas story

Fatema’s story

Fatema’s story

Fatema’s story

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Inside a war zone

Inside a war zone

Dr Wael's story

Life in the wake of heavy fighting in Aden for humanitarian aid worker Dr Wael

Mohamed helps a child in Yemen

A volunteer doctor in Yemen

A volunteer doctor in Yemen

Mohammed's story

When bombs fall in his home town Sana'a, volunteer doctor Mohammed rushes to provide emergency first aid to the injured

Yemen community support

Six new mobile medical units in Sana’a

Six new mobile medical units in Sana’a

Emergency first aid and casualty management

International Medical Corps are supporting the Ministry of Public Health and Populations outreach campaign with mobile medical units. Teams also continue to support health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene and food security programmes in the city.


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