Humanitarian Health Action

Supporting the provision of essential health care in Yemen

Monthly Highlights - May 2011

Anti-government protesters in Yemen 2011.
Obi Anyadike/IRIN
Anti-government protesters.

Violence has subsided during the past 10 days but the situation remains fluid and unpredictable. More than 145 deaths and 3620 injuries have been reported since the beginning of the protests. Health care is provided by advanced medical posts and makeshift hospitals managed and manned by volunteers from the protestors’ side and by the country’s two designated referral hospitals – Al-Thura Hospital in Taiz and Kuwait Hospital in Sana’a.

WHO has supplied anaesthetics, antibiotics, analgesics, IV fluids, surgical supplies and consumables for about 1000 people with severe injuries to Al-Thura hospital and other health facilities in Taiz Governorate. WHO will continue to strengthen the emergency rooms, operating theatres and intensive care units in the Governorate’s three main health facilities. WHO also provided similar supplies for distribution to advanced medical posts and Al-Naquib Hospital in Aden Governorate and to Sana’a, Ibb and Hodeida Governorates. WHO is also supporting ambulance services in Sanaa, Taiz and Aden Governorates.

From 14 to 16 May, the WHO Head of Office met with various health partners in Taiz Governorate to reinforce coordination among partners, identify needs and gaps and support the main health facilities receiving casualties in the area.

WHO and UNHCR will rehabilitate the Malaheet health centre in Sa’ada Governorate. UNHCR will renovate the building and WHO will provide medicines, health supplies and operational support.

Pharmaceutical stocks available in the country are sufficient for the next one to three months. However, fuel shortages are hampering the distribution of medicines and supplies to many areas. Shortages are also affecting hospital generators, impacting on the provision of emergency health services, and raising operational costs.

WHO is also supporting training courses on the management of mass casualties for the staff of advanced medical posts, makeshift hospitals and referral hospitals in Sana’a, Taiz and Aden.

So far, WHO has received US$ 150 000 from the country Emergency Response Fund and US$ 1.5 million from the CERF to purchase medicines and medical supplies.

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