Humanitarian Health Action

Yemen: supporting health authorities to respond to the consequences of clashes

Monthly Highlights - March 2011

Demonstrations in Yemen have resulted in many deaths and injuries in Sa’ana , Al-Jawaf and Sada’a. Since the beginning of crisis, the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPHP) has been keeping a daily count of the number of people injured and killed based on figures received from hospitals. As of 20 March, 83 deaths and 882 injuries had been reported.

As a result, referral hospitals in the affected cities are overwhelmed and health workers are delivering the services with limited resources. The Health Cluster task force, which includes WHO, the ICRC, the Yemeni Red Crescent society, MSF-France and MSF-Spain are supporting health authorities in responding to the situation all over Yemen.

In Bahrain, there have been 21 unconfirmed deaths since clashes began on 14 February and 95 people have been reported missing according to local media sources.

Urgent needs include:

  • medicines, supplies and equipment for trauma injuries;
  • uninterrupted supply of oxygen cylinders;
  • operational support for 24/7 functioning of advance medical facilities and ambulance services;
  • strengthening of the emergency services in the referral hospitals.

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