Humanitarian Health Action

First delivery of humanitarian supplies reaches Yemen’s conflict-affected Sa’ada City

2 SEPTEMBER, 2009 ¦ SAN’A/GENEVA -- The first shipment of humanitarian supplies delivered into Sa’ada City since Yemen’s current conflict erupted arrived today, containing essential medicines to treat 30 000 people for one month.

The 10 metric tons of medicines were supplied by the World Health Organization to Yemen’s Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPH&P), which delivered the supplies into Sa’ada City earlier today.

The medicines can treat 30 000 people for one month and include antibiotics and medicines for common diseases. The delivery also includes medicines to treat 500 severe diarrhoea cases and 200 surgical interventions for people with trauma injuries.

Dr Ghulam Popal, WHO’s representative to Yemen, said the delivery was a milestone in that it marked the first consignment of humanitarian relief to reach Sa’ada City since the ongoing conflict intensified in mid-August.

“These supplies will help provide life-saving medical care for the people of Sa’ada who have been locked inside the conflict zone during this current round of hostilities,” Dr Popal said.

Some of these medicines will assist the most vulnerable groups, particularly women and children, who are at risk from communicable diseases such as diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections.

In the UN Flash Appeal also launched today, the World Health Organization, on behalf of the Health Cluster, has requested US$ 2.3 million to provide emergency health care to the 150 000 who have been displaced and 800 000 people indirectly affected by the conflict.

For further information:

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean
Mr Irshad Shaikh
Emergency and Humanitarian Action Regional Adviser
tel.+202 276 5525
mobile: +2010 173 3924

WHO headquarters
Mr Paul Garwood
Communications Officer
Health Action in Crises
tel. +41 22 791 3462
mobile: +41 79 475 5546

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