UK charity Muslim Hands has partnered up with international medical humanitarian organisation MedGlobal to provide over £200,000 of quality and life-saving healthcare services to three hospitals in Hadhramout and Ma’rib, Yemen, over an 18-day period. Twenty medical professionals from the US, Canada and Europe have travelled to the country in order to provide medical training to local doctors, with a particular focus on infant health. The project will also be providing healthcare facilities with critical medical equipment such as ultrasound machines, surgical supplies and essential medications. 1,000 patients will receive immediate medical support free of charge with a further 20,000 accessing vital medications in the long-term.
Four years of civil war and regional conflict has ravaged Yemen leaving approximately 19.7 million people in need of healthcare assistance. Nearly half of all health facilities are either not functioning or only partially running due to staff shortages, lack of supplies and the inability to meet operational costs. As well as providing medical support, Muslim Hands has established long-term projects providing food and clean water for the most vulnerable communities. To find out more about Muslim Hands and the work we do visit our website muslimhands.org.uk or call 0115 911 7222.
Abdul Rahman Hussein, Muslim Hands Yemen Emergency Programmes Coordinator, says;
‘Seeing first-hand how the ongoing crisis has devastated an already fragile health care system is terrifying. The impact this has had on the vulnerable, including women and children is heartbreaking and it is vital that organisations work closely together to provide a lifeline to communities in Yemen who are in desperate need. It is great to see medical professionals from all over the world uniting to help make a difference.’
Notes to editors
*Established in 1993, Muslim Hands is an international aid agency and NGO dedicated to providing emergency relief and tackling the root causes of poverty around the world.
*Muslim Hands works in over 30 countries worldwide.
*The medical project in Hadhramout and Ma’rib, is taking place between 6th and 23rd November 2019.
*According to the UN, 19.7 million lack access to adequate healthcare an increase of 3.1 million people in the last year with 14 million in acute need. Of these 10.2 million are children.
*53 percent of health facilities lack a general practitioner and 45 per-cent of functional hospitals lack specialists.
*There are ten health workers per 10,000 people in Yemen, less than the WHO minimum benchmark.
*We rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. You can donate now by calling 0115 911 7222 or visiting muslimhands.org.uk
*MedGlobal aims to create a world with no healthcare disparity. In doing so, MedGlobal provides quality, dignified and free-of-charge care to the most vulnerable, including refugees, internally displaced people, victims of natural and man-made disasters and indigent populations all over the world, often in difficult to reach locations.