Yemen

Yemen Conflict, Situation Report no. 40, September 2017

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  • The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting on-the-job training on vascular trauma emergency care to increase access to such care in Hudaydah. The training targets 15 professional medical staff, including surgeons, general physicians and nurses from Al Thawra Hospital in Hudaydah Governorate for a period of 6 months.

  • From 19 March 2015 to 15 September 2017, a total of 8,673 conflict-related deaths and 49,963 injuries were reported from health facilities in conflict-affected governorates. The actual number of casualties is believed to be higher given that these figures only capture deaths and injuries reported by health facilities. The number of deaths that occur on site is unknown.

  • Ten additional ambulances were delivered to Yemen in September. This year, WHO has supported hospitals across the country with 40 fully-equipped ambulances to strengthen trauma care and ensure timely referral.

  • WHO has supported the dialysis centre at Al-Jumhoori Hospital in Sa’ada by delivering 100 tonnes of supplies provided through a private-public partnership between Yemen and Germany.

Situation update

  • Conflict continues to exacerbate the humanitarian crisis. The number of people in need of humanitarian support has increased to reach to 20.7 million people, including 9.8 million acutely in need of immediate assistance, according to the United Nations office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

  • Ground fighting continues to rage in parts of Sana’a, Hajja and Taizz governorates, preventing displaced populations from returning home, and health facilities from reopening and affecting accessibility to health care.

  • The threat of famine is increasing, with an estimated 17 million people facing food insecurity and 1.8 million children acutely malnourished, according to the United Nations office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

  • From 19 March 2015 to 15 September 2017, a total of 8,673 conflict-related deaths and 49,963 injuries were reported from health facilities in the affected governorates. The actual number of casualties is believed to be higher given that these figures only capture deaths and injuries reported by health facilities.