Humanitarian Health Action

WHO sends humanitarian aid to support surgical care in Yemen

19 AUGUST ¦ GENEVA -- In light of the renewed insecurity in Yemen, WHO is sending surgical supplies and staff to the country to assist people affected by the crisis.

WHO's Health Action in Crises Cluster has sent medical supplies that can provide 200 surgical interventions for people with trauma injuries to start supporting ongoing operations. The supplies arrived in Yemen on Monday. WHO is expected to send a larger consignment of medical supplies thanks to the support of the Government of Italy.

WHO has also received almost US$ 230 000 from the Central Emergency Response Fund to provide emergency health response among IDPs in the affected Al-Malaheed area. Services will include the provision of curative and preventive health services, especially for children and women, reduce malaria, diarrhea and acute respiratory infections, detect and quickly respond to abnormal trends of epidemic-prone diseases and to provide medicines and other emergency health supplies. Andorra recently also provided funds for emergency health operations in Yemen.

WHO has sent additional staff from its Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office in Cairo to Yemen to support emergency health operations, resource mobilization advocacy and information management.

There are reports of casualties but WHO is awaiting confirmed figures. WHO and UNCIEF are jointly coordinating a combined Health and Nutrition Cluster response to the emergency. The first cluster meeting will be on 22 August.