27 March 2022 Since 2015, Yemen has faced a severe and complex humanitarian crisis due largely to the growing activities of armed groups, inter-community tensions, and economic decline.
The Yemen crisis is also linked to additional factors such as food and nutrition insecurity, COVID-19, other disease outbreaks, climate change, and natural disasters. A devastated health system, disruption of water and sanitation networks, and massive numbers of displaced people have fueled the rapid spread of diseases including cholera, diphtheria, measles, polio, and dengue.
Yet, amidst the devastation, the Yemeni people remain determined, resilient and hopeful.
Today, WHO continues to play a leading role in advising and supporting Yemen health authorities, partners and community health workers in their efforts to sustain essential and life-saving health facilities and services throughout the country, and reaching the most vulnerable populations. WHO is also ensuring life-saving medical and nutrition care for children suffering of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) with medical complications. Medical supplies and equipment are being delivered to COVID-19 isolation centers and emergency operations centers (EOCs) that coordinate responses to all public health emergencies, with nearly 300 health facilities provisioned with fuel, oxygen, water and medical supplies and equipment, allowing them to: