Humanitarian Health Action

Yemen Situation report - 9 June 2011

Anti-government protesters in Yemen
© Obi Anyadike/IRIN

The overall situation in Yemen remains tense and unpredictable with reports of a fragile ceasefire in Sana’a. The humanitarian country team convened on 8 June to respond to the current humanitarian situation. WHO will submit a proposal for additional central emergency relief fund (CERF) funding to respond to the situation of internally-displaced persons in the southern governorates of Yemen.

Health response

  • In response to the humanitarian country team meeting, WHO has requested a total of US$ 2 200 000 from CERF to respond to the current IDP situation in the southern governorate, as well as the situation caused by civil unrest. The amount is required to deliver a life-saving package of primary health care services through mobile/fixed clinics. These services will be delivered by contracting implementing partners (Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPHP) and international, national and local nongovernmental organizations). In addition to IDP services, WHO needs US$ 1 000 000 to support ongoing emergency medical care to victims of fighting across Yemen. These funds will be mainly used for the procurement of emergency medical equipment/supplies for hospitals delivering specialized care to victims.
  • WHO has already started one mobile unit in Aden and an additional mobile unit is being added for Aden.
  • On 8 June, one trauma kit A and trauma kit B (medicines and supplies for trauma management of 100 severe cases weighing 1900 kg), primary health care medicines for 10 000 population for one month (two mobile units) and local trauma medicines (analgesic, dressing material, sutures, etc.) for 500 minorly injured were sent to Aden.
  • On 6 June, upon the request of the field hospital operated by youth volunteers in Sana'a, MoPHP/WHO ambulances transported 19 critically injured from Technology Hospital to the airport for onward transportation to Saudi Arabia for specialized treatment.
  • On 8 June, WHO staff visited the Lahj governorate for rapid needs assessment of IDPs who were displaced from Abyan to Lahaj. A meeting with the Director General of Health was held to assess health department response and needs. As of 8 June, a total of 5410 IDPs were reported by the Director General in Lahaj. These IDPs are living in different schools and with host families. WHO will support immediately one mobile clinic for primary health care services and provide medicines and supplies to support the referral hospital.
  • On 9 June, one interagency health kit sufficient for 30 000 population for one month and weighing 1 metric ton, will be sent to the health department in Lahaj. WHO will support the referral hospital in Al Hota City, as per need expressed by the Director General of Health.

For further information, please contact:

Strategic Health Operations Centre
WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean