As part of Save the Children’s life-saving work in Yemen we are responding to the chronic lack of health workers and health facilities by providing child focused health and nutrition services in 19 sites across Amran. Dr. Amal forms part of one of these teams that support ten health centers in four districts in Amran.
Malnutrition levels remain critical in Yemen
Political instability, conflict, fuel shortages and high food prices have left almost 10 million people without enough to eat and 967,000 children’s lives at risk.
Malnutrition rates amongst children under-five are escalating beyond emergency levels – in some areas over a quarter of all children are malnourished. Children across Yemen are suffering from malnutrition are more likely to become ill with diarrhoea, pneumonia, malaria, measles and AIDS. Malnutrition compromises a child’s immunity so that an episode of illness tends to last longer or be more severe.
Chronic under-funding, mass displacement of people and a prioritization of urban over rural delivery of health services have left the most vulnerable people in remote regions without access to lifesaving care.
Currently in Yemen there is one health center per 30,000 people. After conducting a health facility assessment in Amran and Sa’ada governorates (two of the conflict-affected areas of Yemen), Save the Children found that 80% of facilities could not provide basic health services due to the lack of medical equipment, drugs, health staff, and furniture. Read more