IOM Yemen | Displacement in Marib | 20 May 2020

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Since 2015, Marib governorate has drawn a large number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) fleeing conflict in their areas of origin. In January 2020, an escalation of fighting on the outskirts of Marib, Al Jawf and Sana’a governorates led to surge in displacement. IOM estimates that over 9,500 households (HHs) relocated to Marib city and nearby districts in Marib governorate including Marib Al Wadi, Medghal and Sirwah, with many of those moving being displaced for the second time. This new wave of displacement brings the estimated number of IDPs living in camp or camp like settings to more than 26,000 IDP HHs, while the remainder are living in rented accommodation or with relatives.

IOM has been operating in Marib, providing multi-sectoral assistance to affected populations since March 2019. Assistance was scaled up during the recent displacement crisis, and now, in response to the presence of COVID-19 in the governorate. In addition to providing safe shelters, essential aid items, emergency health care, clean water, safe sanitation and emergency food rations to 8,335 newly displaced households, IOM has supported 37,142 people affected by flooding and extreme weather.

By 20 May, one COVID-19 case was confirmed in Marib. IOM, as lead of the sub-national health cluster, is scaling up preparedness and response activities, including by establishing quarantine and treatment facilities, conducting awareness raising activities and hygiene promotion. IOM’s recently established isolation and treatment facility in Marib city, has a capacity of 63 beds, including 10 in the intensive care unit (ICU), and is staffed with 68 health professionals. IOM reached 10,696 people with hygiene promotion activities, as part of COVID-19 prevention efforts. To ensure humanitarian capacity to respond is maintained in Marib during this critical time, IOM is also bolstering clinic capacity and ensuring that the humanitarian hub it manages follows COVID-19 prevention protocols.

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