Yemen has an estimated population of 22 million people, with the majority living in the rural sector where access to adequate health care is very limited.
According to the latest UN estimates, one out of 90 women will die during childbirth. Over three quarters of all births in Yemen occur in the rural area; less than 15% of them with the help of a skilled birth attendant.
WAHA INTERNATIONAL IN YEMEN
From March to July 2010 WAHA International worked in one of the three Al Marzak camps that had been set up in Yemen for internally displaced persons fleeing the recent conflict. The health centre was run in parternship with the The United Arab Emirates Red Crescent Authority for the 9000 displaced people in the camp and families living in the surrounding area.
During this period around 300 consultations were carried out every day with most of the children’s consultations being diarrhoea and malaria. Ante natal consultations were also set up. An inpatient section with 9 beds for women and 7 beds for men was also managed. Emergency and complicated cases were referred to Haradh hospital, which is the closest regional hospital to the camp.
Following a decrease in the number of internally displaced persons, WAHA International stopped its involvement in the Marzak II camp by the end of July. The United Arab Emirates Red Crescent Authority continues to provide a medical team to ensure that quality health care is available within the camp.