WHO reaches children and women in remote areas of Yemen

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Sana’a, 3 November 2016 — WHO and partners have conducted the third round of integrated outreach activities in all remote and rural areas in Yemen's 333 districts, providing more than 244 000 children with nutrition, immunization and integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI) services.

The activities, supported by WHO, have so far reached 17 000 villages. Almost 85 000 pregnant women and women of childbearing age were vaccinated against tetanus and received reproductive health, antenatal/postnatal care services. More than 7000 health workers took part in the outreach activities.

Remote and rural areas in Yemen are deprived of essential health services. The health situation in these areas has been further worsened by the current conflict, which constrains health workers from reaching all areas in need. With health services reduced or halted in more than 1900 health facilities in 16 governorates, these integrated outreach activities serve as critical health support,” said Dr Ahmed Shadoul, WHO Representative to Yemen.

Currently, WHO is supporting 28 mobile health teams covering primary health care, including nutrition support, as well as 29 health facility-based teams and 12 therapeutic feeding centres in 10 governorates in Yemen.