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Yemen media and news releases


  • 27 April 2016

    From safe blood transfusions in South Sudan to hospital equipment for Yemen: Wide-ranging support from Japan

    In a country facing ongoing conflict, safe blood transfusions are a life-saving necessity. They are used to treat those suffering from gunshot wounds and conflict-related injuries, but also children suffering from anaemia due to malnutrition often worsened by malaria, survivors of road traffic accidents and mothers who experience excessive blood loss during childbirth are bleeding severely.

  • 13 April 2016

    WHO scales up malaria response in Yemen

    WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ala Alwan and Yemen’s Minister of Public Health and Population H.E. Dr Nasir Baoum met in the WHO Regional Office in Cairo recently to discuss the health situation in Yemen, focusing on the spread of malaria in the country and WHO’s scaled-up response.

  • 6 April 2016

    WHO condemns attack on Ma’arib Hospital, Yemen

    WHO strongly condemns the attack on Ma’arib General Hospital in Ma’arib governorate, Yemen on 3 April, in which 4 people died, including one medical doctor, and 13 people were injured. The attack also caused damage to the intensive care unit and administration buildings of the hospital.

  • 27 March 2016

    Health situation in Yemen critical as violent conflict enters second year

    Sana’a, Yemen – This week marks one year since the escalation of the conflict in Yemen, where the violence has had a devastating impact on millions of innocent civilians, causing immeasurable suffering. Since March 2015, more than 6200 people have been killed and 30 000 injured. More than 21 million people – 82% of the total population – are in need of humanitarian aid, including almost 2.5 million people who have been internally displaced. More than one third of people in need live in inaccessible or hard-to-reach areas.

  • 18 March 2016

    New shipment of health supplies arrives in Taiz City

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has delivered an additional 11 tonnes of life-saving medicines and medical supplies to Taiz City, where people remain in serious need of humanitarian aid. This latest shipment includes trauma kits, interagency emergency health kits, diarrhoeal disease kits, and IV fluids. The supplies were received by Al-Thawra, Al-Jumhoori, Al-Rawdha, Al-Mudhaffar and Al-Ta'aon hospitals.

  • 17 March 2016

    WHO to provide some of the hardest hit areas of Yemen with desperately needed health supplies and services

    Since April 2015, continuing violence and insecurity has led to a collapsing health system that has left more than 14 million Yemenis in need of healthcare services. Almost 25% of all health facilities have shut down due to damages, and there are critical shortages of staff and life-saving medicines.

  • 10 March 2016

    Yemen's national oncology centre struggles to continue functioning

    10 March 2016 – 4-year-old Fatima Al-Harazi has waited for 2 weeks for a bed so she can start her second session of chemotherapy at the national oncology centre in Sana’a. "She cannot eat and sleep. She keeps crying bitterly from pain," said Fatima's grandmother. Fatima is suffering from a large soft tissue tumour in her left cheek and long waits for chemotherapy mean that her health is deteriorating rapidly.

  • 10 February 2016

    Following months of blocked access, WHO medical supplies reach Taiz City, Yemen

    Following months of blocked access to Taiz City, Yemen, and in response to mounting emergency health needs, the World Health Organization (WHO) has successfully delivered more than 20 tonnes of life-saving medicines and medical supplies. These medical supplies are critical to meet the most urgent needs in a city where more than 200 000 people continue to live under siege with limited access to humanitarian aid.

  • 7 January 2016

    WHO calls for immediate access to Taiz City for delivery of life-saving health supplies

    The World Health Organization is concerned about the deteriorating health situation in Taiz, where more than 250 000 people have been living in a state of virtual siege since November 2015. All of city's 6 hospitals have been forced to partially close some services, and are overwhelmed with injured patients. Humanitarian organizations are struggling to deliver medical and surgical supplies due to the insecurity.

  • 7 January 2016

    Insecurity drives health workers out of Yemen

    "I can endure financial hardship and the long hours, but when these challenges are compounded by increasing insecurity and the frightening sounds of bombs, I want to leave Yemen for the safety of my family," says Dr Mohammed Al-Kholaidi, who works at the Mental Health Department in the Yemen Ministry of Public Health and Population.


  • 15 December 2015

    Urgent support needed to provide health services for 15 million people in Yemen

    GENEVA – The World Health Organization and health partners are appealing for US$ 31 million to ensure the continuity of health services for nearly 15 million people in Yemen affected by the ongoing conflict. Funding is urgently needed as the Yemeni health system has collapsed, leaving millions of vulnerable people without the care and medications they urgently need.

  • 7 December 2015

    WHO condemns attack on Al Houban clinic in Taiz, Yemen run by MSF, wounding nine people

    SANA’A - WHO condemns the attack on Al Houban clinic in Taiz city run by Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF) in which nine people were wounded, including two MSF staff.

  • 7 December 2015

    Tracking attacks on health workers – Don’t let them go unnoticed

    In the early hours of 3 October, rockets slammed into a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing at least 14 health workers and injuring 37. An MSF clinic in the southern Yemen city of Taiz was bombed on 2 December, injuring 9 people, including 2 MSF staff. Since 2012, almost 60% of hospitals in Syria have been partially or completely destroyed, and more than half of the country’s health workers have fled or been killed.

  • 2 November 2015

    WHO scales up response in Yemen for cyclone Chapala

    Sana'a -- The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Public Health and Population in Yemen are intensifying efforts to respond to the serious consequences of Cyclone Chapala which is expected to hit parts of the country in the coming days.

  • 20 October 2015

    WHO responds to deteriorating health situation in Taiz, Yemen

    Sana’a, Yemen – Ongoing violence and insecurity continues to limit the delivery of aid in Taiz governorate in Yemen, where more than 3.3 million people, including 300 585 internally displaced persons, are in critical need of health assistance.

  • October 2015

    WHO Bulletin: Health system in Yemen close to collapse

    Yemen is facing a growing humanitarian catastrophe as health workers there risk their lives to help civilians caught up in the deadly conflict. Dale Gavlak reports

  • 22 September 2015

    WHO responds to increasing health needs in Yemen as health facilities continue to shut down

    Sana’a — WHO is delivering extensive health support in response to the crisis in Yemen, providing almost 200 tonnes of critical medical supplies and more than 745 000 liters of fuel to keep health services operational amidst intensifying fighting. Yemen’s 6-month conflict has left thousands of people in need of treatment, caused extensive damage to health facilities, and fanned a dengue fever outbreak. WHO warns that the numbers of people needing health care are likely to increase. Numerous health facilities are on the verge of collapsing under the weight of the conflict.

  • 13 September 2015

    Integrated outreach activities launched in Yemen

    A second round of integrated outreach activities was launched in remote and rural areas in Yemen on 12 September 2015. This round immunized around 358 681 children under the age of 1 and provided vulnerable remote communities with reproductive health and nutrition services, and treatment for common conditions, such as blood pressure and the common cold.

  • 3 September 2015

    Yemen’s national blood transfusion centre in Sana’a faces threat of closure

    Yemen’s biggest blood transfusion centre faces the threat of closure due to shortage of blood bags, reagents and fuel to run the generators that support its work, endangering millions of lives. WHO is calling for additional support to prevent the centre's shut down.

  • 31 August 2015

    WHO establishes mobile nutrition clinics in Aden, Lahj and Hadramout

    The World Health Organization (WHO) and Field Medical Foundation have set up mobile nutrition clinics to diagnose and treat children aged between 6 months and 5 years in Aden, Lahj and Hadramout governorates.

  • 27 August 2015

    Safe corridor needed to deliver health care to over 3 million people in Taiz, Yemen

    A humanitarian corridor must be established to ensure access to health care for more than 3 million people in Yemen’s Taiz governorate, where conflict and a resulting humanitarian crisis have left thousands of people in need of treatment, caused extensive damage to health facilities, and fanned a dengue fever outbreak

  • 23 August 2015

    WHO steps up response to the critical health needs in Taiz and Hodeida

    Sana’a, 23 August 2015: In response to the growing humanitarian crisis in Tiaz and Hodeida governorates, and the rising number of civilian injuries in the southern governorates of Yemen, WHO is coordinating a rapid response to provide emergency health access to the injured, internally displaced persons and host communities.

  • 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.

Yemen - WHO Humanitarian Response Plan 2016

Health Cluster requirements
US$ 182 300 000 (health partners including WHO)

WHO requirements
US$ 120 000 000

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