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Yemen: 3.3 million people in need of critical aid in besieged Taiz, warns UN health agency

WHO has provided 30 metric tonnes of medicines and medical supplies to Taiz governorate in Yemen, sufficient for 600,000 beneficiaries, including 250,000 people inside Taiz City. Photo: WHO Yemen

WHO has provided 30 metric tonnes of medicines and medical supplies to Taiz governorate in Yemen, sufficient for 600,000 beneficiaries, including 250,000 people inside Taiz City. Photo: WHO Yemen

21 October 2015

The top United Nations health official in Yemen is appealing for unrestricted access to Taiz, where “innocent lives are at risk” in the besieged highland city where more than 3.3 million people are in critical need of health assistance, safe drinking water, food and fuel.

“The situation in Taiz is alarming,” warned Dr. Ahmed Shadoul, the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Yemen.

“Hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians need life-saving medicines and health services, food, safe water and fuel,” Dr. Shadoul said. “Humanitarian and health needs are increasing and the limited response we have been able to provide is not enough.”

Despite efforts by WHO to provide medicines and medical supplies to Taiz governorate, sufficient for 600,000 beneficiaries, including 250,000 people inside Taiz City, shortages of fuel and medicines have forced most health units in villages to shut down.

“Patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease and cancer, are unable to access life-saving essential medicines and dialysis centres due to limited access of health facilities and reduced functionality of others,” according to WHO.

WHO also said that shortages in food have led to significant price hikes, with many people now unable to afford basic food items, resulting in increased risk of malnutrition, especially in children.

“The main wells providing safe drinking-water have shut down due to interruptions in power supply and lack of fuel for generators,” the agency reported.

Through collaboration with health authorities in Taiz and its partners, WHO has been controlling a dengue fever outbreak in the governorate this year.

“There is so much more we can do for the people of Taiz, but we need unrestricted access so that we can reach more people, and additional funding to allow us to scale up our response,” said Dr. Shadoul.

“Unless we are able to overcome these two challenges, more innocent lives are at risk,” he said. “I call on all parties to the conflict to allow delivering aid into Taiz, and for the international donor community to support our work.”

He appealed for $60 million urgently needed for life-saving response operations across the country until the end of this year.

WHO steps up response to the critical health needs in Taiz and Hodeida governorates as the humanitarian situation worsens

WHO staff delivers medical supplies to Al Thawra hospital and Bajel renal dialysis centre in Hodeida governorate

WHO staff delivers medical supplies to Al Thawra hospital and Bajel renal dialysis centre in Hodeida governorate

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.

Thousands of people have been injured in Taiz since the start of March 2015 with over 350 causalities recorded in the last one week alone. The escalating crisis in the governorate has seen a breakdown in the health system; health facilities have been damaged, close to half of the health facilities have closed down and medical supplies are quickly being depleted.

Today, WHO donated 2 WHO Yemen local trauma kits sufficient to conduct 1000 surgeries, one surgical supply kit, 15 dressing kits, 40 first aid bags and anaesthesia medicines to treat the increasing numbers of injured patients in Tiaz.

And in Hodeida governorate and Tehama region, where the crisis has equally escalated, WHO has donated emergency trauma kits, interagency emergency health kits and other medical supplies sufficient to treat over 4500 patients in Al Thawra hospital and Bajel renal dialysis centre to address the immediate health needs. Shortly after the delivery of the supplies to the hospital, 25 major surgeries were carried out as a lifesaving intervention for the injured.

Emergency medical supplies delivered to Al Thawra hospital and Bajel renal dialysis centre in Hodeida governorate

Emergency medical supplies delivered to Al Thawra hospital and Bajel renal dialysis centre in Hodeida governorate

Emergency medical supplies delivered to Al Thawra hospital and Bajel renal dialysis centre in Hodeida governorate“WHO is committed to ensuring that all Yemenis continue to have access to health services, including those in the hardest to access areas through the provision of emergency lifesaving medicines, trauma kits, interagency emergency health kits, diarrhoeal disease kits and blood bank supplies which currently are urgently needed,” said Dr Ahmed Shadoul, WHO Representative for Yemen.

“In Taiz, the ongoing crisis has led to the closure of many health facilities and access to health facilities for the injured civilians and doctors is almost becoming impossible; shortages of basic and lifesaving medicines, medical supplies, laboratory reagents in the health facilities are fast dwindling with limited access for replenishing; in all this, WHO is determined to meet the huge gap in supplies; this requires lots of financial resources,” added Dr Shadoul.

Since March 2015, WHO has supported treatment of an estimated 23 000 trauma and surgical cases countrywide. The agency has also supported 18 hospitals in 7 of the most affected governorates with physicians, surgeons, gynaecologists, psychiatrics and nutritionist to manage the increasing patient caseloads.

In light of WHO’s response and the growing health needs, the agency is appealing for US$ 132 million to support health interventions until the end of 2015 but has only received US$ 25 million, leaving a funding gap of 81%. In the coming month, the health situation is expected to deteriorate further among the displaced people and host communities due to the continued crisis and escalating needs.