April 21, 2015 - LOS ANGELES/LONDON – Yesterday’s coalition airstrike in Sana’a, Yemen, injured six International Medical Corps staff working in the organization’s Sana’a office and damaged one of its critical humanitarian supply warehouses containing much-needed medicines and medical and other relief supplies.
“Yesterday’s airstrike injured a number of International Medical Corps staff, and we remain extremely concerned for all of our staff in Yemen. These heroic Yemeni women and men are working around the clock to provide medical treatment to the injured, nutrition support to malnourished children and medicines and medical supplies to hospitals and clinics that now find themselves on the front lines of this fight,” said Jon Cunliffe, International Medical Corps’ Yemen Country Director. “All parties to the conflict must do more to protect civilians and allow lifesaving humanitarian relief to reach all those in need.”
International Medical Corps mobile medical teams are on the ground working to provide lifesaving medical treatment and nutrition services in some of the hardest hit locations in Yemen and is also delivering vital medications and supplies to 78 primary health facilities in Sana’a, Taiz and Lahj governorates. In addition, International Medical Corps has provided essential emergency medicines and medical supplies to 13 hospitals In Aden, Taiz, Sana’a and Harad cities, along with Lahj and Al Dhalah governorates. International Medical Corps has been working in Yemen since 2012, with three offices around the country and more than 175 local staff.
“Right now, we are distributing relief supplies we already had in country and what we’ve been able to purchase on the local market, but supplies and fuel are becoming scarce,” said Cunliffe. “The greatest limiting factor for the humanitarian effort in Yemen is safe, secure access to those in need. Once International Medical Corps is able to get additional staff and supplies into to hard-hit areas, we are prepared Aito provide a comprehensive response—including providing trauma and emergency health care, vital medical supplies and training for local first responders, who will help the people of Yemen now and long into the future.”
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