Preventing disease in war-torn Yemen
More than half of Yemen’s people lack clean water, sanitation and hygiene services, and infectious disease outbreaks occur frequently.
Providing adequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services is a significant public health challenge in Yemen, where civil war has left millions of people struggling to survive. We are actively engaging communities and relevant authorities in the development and implementation of sustainable WASH interventions.
International Medical Corps has worked in Yemen since 2012, providing primary healthcare, nutrition, food security and livelihood, in addition to WASH services, in both urban and outlying areas.
We support Yemeni hospitals and clinics with medications, medical supplies, equipment and safe water, as well as rehabilitation of health facilities and water and sanitation systems serving conflict-affected communities.
Efforts to contain disease outbreaks and fight malnutrition in Yemen have been seriously weakened by the ongoing civil war, now in its fourth year.
As Yemen’s cholera outbreak slows, International Medical Corps continues its fight against the disease. We currently support 28 Oral Rehydration Points and engage in efforts to prevent any new major outbreak. At the community level, we provide awareness sessions about the dangers of cholera, and train people on how to prevent it.
We have provided essential medications, IV fluids, safe drinking water and waste management services. And we train local people on disease prevention, control and treatment.
Our staff in Yemen has conducted cleaning campaigns, providing cleaning and sanitation materials as well as solid-waste management services to control and prevent disease outbreaks.
In response to the diphtheria outbreak, International Medical Corps is coordinating with Yemen’s Ministry of Public Health and Population and other humanitarian partners.
In response to the measles outbreak in Yemen earlier this year, International Medical Corps launched a mass-immunization campaign and vaccinated close to 35,000 children.
Because we know that training can save lives, we provide communities with health and hygiene education as well as the supplies needed to prevent the spread of communicable and infectious diseases.
Access to safe and sufficient water and improved sanitation, as well as maintaining good hygiene, are crucial to human health, well-being, dignity and development. In Yemen, we’re working to provide these most basic human needs, no matter how challenging the conditions.
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