Yemen crisis

Asma’a was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago. Her recent attempts to continue treatment in Jibla District, Ibb governorate have failed.

Cancer patients in Yemen face slow death as treatment options diminish

4 February 2018, Sana’a, Yemen -- Breast cancer is not the only tragedy that Asma’a Hamoud, 23, is facing. Poverty, the security situation, shortages of anti-cancer drugs and irregular chemotherapy sessions have exacerbated her pain. Asma’a was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago. Her recent attempts to continue treatment in Jiblah District, Ibb governorate have failed.

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WHO airlifts 200 tonnes of health supplies to Yemen

SANA’A, 18 January 2018 — The World Health Organization has delivered 200 tonnes of life-saving medicines and health supplies to Yemen. Four United Nations planes carrying the cargo landed in Sana’a Airport this week.

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WHO, WFP and UNICEF: Yemen’s families cannot withstand another day of war, let alone another 1,000

29 December 2017 Sana’a – Joint statement by: WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and WFP Executive Director David Beasley.

“More than 1000 days of families driven from their homes by brutal violence. 1000 days without enough food to eat and safe water to drink. 1000 days of bombed hospitals and damaged schools. 1000 days of children recruited to fight. 1000 days of disease and death … of unimaginable human suffering.

WHO delivers 70 tons of life-saving medicines and supplies to Sana’a

21 December 2017 Sana’a – A World Health Organization-chartered aircraft carrying more than 70 tons of essential medicines and surgical supplies landed in Sana’a Airport today, the largest planeload delivered by WHO to Yemen this year. The shipment contains trauma kits sufficient to meet the needs of 2000 patients requiring surgical care, as well as various types of rapid diagnostic tests and laboratory reagents to cover the urgent needs of central laboratories and blood banks.

Mohammed Qasim, of Hodeidah, Yemen and a father of eight children was diagnosed with renal failure in July. He had to undergo surgical intervention which he could not afford.

The struggle of low income patients in Yemen

14 December 2017, Sana’a, Yemen - Mohammed Qasim of Hodeidah Governorate in Yemen was diagnosed with renal failure in July 2017. In order to be able to receive dialysis sessions, he had to undergo a surgical intervention to create an arteriovenous fistula for dialysis access. The governorate of Hodeidah where Qasim has been living with his family for the past 23 years is one of the poorest governorates in Yemen. The majority of its residents work in trade, farming or fishing. The living conditions of thousands of people have worsened because of the war in Yemen.


WHO steps up efforts to fight severe acute malnutrition cases in Yemen

7 December 2017 -- Currently, there are around 400 000 children in Yemen suffering from severe acute malnutrition. WHO is actively involved in rebuilding existing therapeutic feeding centres and, in addition, has distributed 120 nutritional kits to all centres in Yemen. These life-saving kits can treat up to 6000 cases of severe acute malnutrition. WHO is also training health workers whose role is to work in and manage the centres. To date, WHO has trained 164 health workers at these centres located in 10 of the worst affected governorates.


United Nations leaders call on the Saudi-led coalition to fully lift blockade of Yemeni Red Sea ports

2 December 2017 – Without the urgent resumption of commercial imports in Yemen, especially food, fuel and medicines, millions of children, women and men risk mass hunger, disease and death.



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