Yemen media and news releases
11 July 2015
Humanitarian pause in Yemen to allow scaled up health response by WHO and partners
Sana’a, Yemen – A 7-day humanitarian pause began in Yemen on 11 July 2015. This second humanitarian pause, if fully respected by all parties to the conflict, will provide desperately needed respite for millions of civilians, and enable WHO and health partners to respond to some of the most life-threatening needs. During the pause, WHO will focus its efforts on distributing life-saving health assistance to locations in most dire need in the governorates of Sana’a, Aden, Al Dhale’e, Lahj, Hajjah, Mukalla, Marib Sa’ada, Taizz.
6 July 2015
Crisis in Yemen designated "Level 3" emergency
With more than 20 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and 15.2 million people in need of basic health care, the crisis in Yemen has been designated a “Level 3” emergency by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee. Level 3 is the highest level of humanitarian emergency and increased financial, human and technical resources have been deployed for a more effective response to the needs of affected populations. Since the conflict began more than one million people have been internally displaced and nearly half of the population is food insecure.
26 June 2015
Yemen crisis: UN CERF releases urgently needed funds to WHO for life-saving medicines
The World Health Organization’s response to the crisis in Yemen has been bolstered by an injection of US$ 8,021,884 in funding from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). The contribution is the largest allocation of funding from CERF to WHO to date, and will be used for the delivery of life-saving medicines for non-communicable diseases.
19 June 2015
Yemen conflict: WHO and partners striving to prevent collapse of Yemen’s health system
19 June, 2015 | Sana’a, Yemen: A major health crisis is unfolding in conflict-ravaged Yemen, where hospitals have been destroyed, health workers killed and critical shortages of food, medical supplies and fuel are causing large-scale suffering , according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
3 June 2015
Internally displaced people in Yemen face increasingly critical health risks
Amman, Jordan – Mass population movement and a failing health system have exposed internally displaced people in Yemen to increased, life-threatening health risks. More than one million internally displaced people have fled the violence to neighboring governorates. Many of them are housed in public spaces where living conditions are overcrowded and often unsanitary. Within schools, for example, some of which host upwards of hundreds of displaced Yemenis, people share a single washroom per gender.
27 May 2015
Statement on the situation in Yemen
WHO statement by WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan -- The conflict in Yemen is entering its 10th week and the numbers of dead and injured continue to grow. As always in conflict, it is innocent civilians that pay the highest price. Almost 2000 people have been killed and 8000 injured so far, including hundreds of women and children.
20 May 2015
WHO health coordinator in Hodeida overcomes personal and professional challenges to help those affected by the crisis
For more than 10 years, Dr Maysoon Al-Sakkaf, WHO coordinator in Hodeida governorate, Yemen, has seen repeated incidents of conflict and worked in some of the county’s most impoverished areas. This current crisis, however, is the “most challenging” she has ever witnessed.
19 May 2015
Vaccinating children amid conflict
Vaccinating children against life-threatening diseases during conflict can be a daunting task. Over the past few weeks, vaccinators and volunteers in Yemen have persevered to ensure the continuation of immunization activities in some of the most crisis-affected areas of Yemen. Their work has been challenged by insecurity, roadblocks, fuel shortages and power outages.
18 May 2015
WHO delivers additional medicines and medical supplies to Yemen
Amman, Jordan — The World Health Organization (WHO) has scaled up its provision of medicines and medical supplies into Yemen during the current humanitarian pause. More than 20 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies have been flown from WHO’s humanitarian hub in Dubai to Djibouti, from where they will be sent to Hodeida. The shipment contains international emergency health kits, trauma kits, surgical supply kits, emergency diarrhoeal disease kits, and water, sanitation and hygiene items for more than 120 000 beneficiaries.
12 May 2015
WHO supports internally displaced persons in Aden governorate, Yemen
19 out of Yemen’s 22 governorates are now affected by violence and conflict. More than 300 000 people are estimated to have been newly displaced, while thousands of others are trapped by the fighting and unable to flee to safer areas.
27 April 2015
WHO condemns attacks on health facilities in Yemen and calls for immediate access for a scaled-up health response
Cairo, Egypt -- As the humanitarian and health situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate, WHO calls for increased access for a scaled-up health response and an end to ongoing attacks on health care workers and health facilities.
21 April 2015
WHO warns of imminent collapse of health care services in Yemen
Cairo, Egypt – WHO warns of an imminent collapse of health care services in Yemen. Health facilities are struggling to function as they face increasing shortages of life-saving medicines and vital health supplies, frequent disruptions in power supply and lack of fuel for generators. Lack of fuel has also disrupted functionality of ambulances and the delivery of health supplies across the country.
16 April 2015
WHO delivers life-saving health supplies into Yemen
The World Health Organization (WHO) has delivered critical life-saving medicines, and medical/surgical supplies to Yemen, where fighting has resulted in hundreds killed and thousands injured, and newly displaced up to 100 000 people since March. The shipment, which landed in Sana’a today, contains more than 17 tonnes of medicines and medical/surgical supplies for a total of 41,100 beneficiaries.
14 April 2015
WHO appeals for funding to address increasing health needs in Yemen
The World Health Organization is seeking US$ 25.2 million to meet humanitarian health needs in Yemen for the coming 3 months. “WHO, working in close coordination
6 April 2015
WHO deplores deaths of health care workers in Yemen
Cairo, Egypt, 6 April 2015 – WHO deplores the deaths of health care workers and damages to health facilities in Yemen as a result of the ongoing conflict, and expresses concern about the serious implications of these attacks.
6 April 2015
WHO responds to urgent health needs in Yemen
WHO is responding to increasing shortages in medicines and medical supplies in Yemen as a result of the ongoing conflict.
1 April 2015
Conflict in Yemen kills and injures hundreds, places major strain on health system
Sana’a, Yemen – An escalation in conflict and violence in Yemen has resulted in hundreds dead and thousands injured, and placed immense strain on health facilities and humanitarian health care providers.
26 March 2015
WHO and health partners respond to increased health needs as a result of conflict in Yemen
Sana’a, Yemen – WHO, together with the Ministry of Public Health and Population and health partners, is responding to increased health needs in Yemen as a result of the recent escalation in violence in Sana’a and other parts of the country.
16 February 2015
WHO responds to increasing health needs in Yemen
WHO is working with the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPH) and health partners in Yemen to respond to the health needs of populations affected by the ongoing conflict, as well as ensure that adequate health services are in place for populations in potential conflict areas around the country.
29 January 2015
WHO deplores attacks on health workers and health facilities in Afghanistan, Sudan and Yemen
The World Health Organization deplores the recent attacks on health staff and health facilities in Afghanistan, Sudan and Yemen, and expresses deep concern about the serious implications of these attacks on patients, medical personnel and health infrastructure.
21 January 2015
WHO responds to urgent health needs following clashes in Sana’a, Yemen
Widespread, heavy clashes between Al-Houthis and the Presidential Guard erupted near the presidential palace in Sana’a, Yemen. According to the Ministry of Public Health, the clashes resulted in 15 deaths and 91 injuries, including civilians and members of the armed forces. Al-Quds Military Hospital was targeted by heavy shelling, resulting in injuries to three guards inside the building and damages to one ambulance.
2 April 2014
WHO support to national polio immunization campaign in Yemen
Sana’a — On Tuesday the WHO country office organized a meeting with journalists to inform them about some of WHO's activities and detail its preparation and technical support to the Ministry of Public Health and Population for a national polio immunization campaign to begin on 7 April.