The health system in Yemen is severely weakened after six years of protracted conflict. About half of the country’s health facilities are out of service while many functional centers have very limited capacity. Most of the population does not have access to health care due to the destruction of health facilities in their areas or the lack of financial resources. The availability of health workers in health facilities largely depends on the incentives offered by humanitarian actors to maintain health services for the population. Any new health crisis adds additional pressure to already overloaded and under-capacity health facilities.
Yemen has faced a series of epidemics in recent years, including cholera, diphtheria and currently the Covid-19 pandemic, putting the country’s health system, already strained by years of under -investment and lack of supplies and survival equipment, in disarray. Health workers also faced irregular payments, staff shortages and prolonged stress. In addition, many facilities have been damaged, destroyed or are no longer functional.
More waves of Covid-19 will further worsen the humanitarian situation and add additional pressure on already exhausted health staff and under-equipped health facilities to deal with an increase in the number of Covid-19 patients who would require treatment. Covid-19 specialist health care.
- 51% of health facilities are functioning and less than 50% of deliveries are attended by qualified health personnel.
- It is estimated that 20.1 million people do not have access to basic health care.
- In 2020, more than one million Yemenis benefited from the ICRC’s health activities.
- The ICRC continues to provide medical supplies, equipment and medicines to 53 hospitals, 8 dialysis centers and 30 primary health care clinics across the country, including in Sana’a, Sa’ada, Aden and Bajil.
- Each year, the ICRC supports the treatment of tens of thousands of war-wounded and provides services to nearly 50,000 people with disabilities.
- The ICRC is also supporting a diploma training program in prosthetics and orthotics in partnership with the Higher Institute of Health Sciences for 10 students (3 years), and offers a scholarship to study a license in the same field abroad.