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Partners step in to support Yemen’s health care

22 Jan 2020


Only half of Yemen's health facilities are fully functional. Credit: OCHA/Giles Clarke

With only about half its health facilities fully functional, while a conflict rages on, Yemen’s heath care is under tremendous pressure.

Health partners have stepped in to scale up disease prevention efforts. Tackling dengue fever is currently a priority. More than 76,000 cases of dengue were reported in 2019, with 271 deaths. In the first two weeks of January 11 people had died of dengue.

At the end of 2019, health partners worked with national and local authorities to conduct a community mobilization campaign in 13 districts with a high number of dengue cases.

Other preventative work included a nationwide polio campaign in December that covered 317 out of 333 districts. Yemen has been polio free since 2006.

In the same month a national schistosomiasis or bilharzia and deworming campaign was conducted as part of efforts to eliminate neglected tropical diseases which affect tens of thousands of people.

A large-scale treatment campaign supported by local authorities and the World Health Organization targeted more than 3.3 million people in 101 districts. The campaign was funded by the World Bank under the Emergency Health and Nutrition Project and also by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.