The International Medical Corps & AmeriCares partner to assist Yemen in Crisis
Civil war sparked in Yemen during March of this year. And since then, over 5,600 people have been killed via the wide-spread conflict. Many more Yemenis – an estimated 21 million, or 3 out of every 4 people – now face shortages of food, water, fuel, and medical supplies. An estimated 96 health care locations have already been damaged or destroyed by the fighting.
The main dispute involves ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s forces and loyal Shia Houthi rebels battling against current president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi’s army. Complicating the picture are brutal attacks recently carried out by groups affiliated with al-Qaeda and ISIS, both of whom also seek control of the region.
Learn more about the details on the civil conflict here.
With the violence still ongoing – and already spread across 20 of Yemen’s 22 provinces – humanitarian efforts have gotten under way to support the country’s embattled population. PQMD member, AmeriCares recently supplied a shipping container loaded with emergency medical provisions, which the International Medical Corps (IMC) will use for relief efforts in and around the town of Sana’a. The IMC, with 175 local staff within the country, has engaged mobile medical response teams and support for health care facilities in the areas around Taiz, Lahj, and Aden – some of the locations hit hardest by the fighting.
Continued relief efforts are planned as fighting and attacks are expected to surge over the upcoming months. Yemen’s current climate is still volatile, but humanitarian efforts continue to improve the health nutrition, and hygiene standards for the beleaguered citizens of Yemen.