Displaced children in northern Abs, where MSF operated mobile clinics to provide consultations, vaccinations and referrals to the hospital we support there. Yemen, April 2019. © Al Hareth Al Maqaleh/MSF



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In Yemen, five years of civil war has left the healthcare system in ruins. Violent clashes on front lines and frequent attacks on health facilities prevented civilians from accessing critical healthcare.

Insecurity and access constraints prevented MSF and other organizations from collecting reliable data on nutritional and humanitarian needs across the country.

Last year, MSF worked in 12 hospitals and health centres and provided support to more than 20 health facilities across 13 governorates in Yemen.

Our staff witnessed numerous attacks on patients, medical facilities and civilians in 2019.

In Aden surgical hospital, activities were suspended for a month after a patient was kidnapped and killed. In Taiz city, the MSF-supported Al-Thawra hospital was subjected to 11 armed intrusions, during which a patient was killed. And in Mocha, an MSF hospital was severely damaged when surrounding buildings were hit during an aerial attack.

MSF has reiterated our call for pledges ensuring the safeguarding of health facilities, medical workers, patients and their caregivers to be upheld and respected.

We provided maternal and child healthcare in most of the governorates we supported. Tragically, many mothers, children and newborns died in or on arrival at hospitals where we worked. Many newborns brought to us for care had a low birthweight or were born prematurely. The high numbers of deaths are linked to many factors, most of which are a direct result of the war.

In response to increased needs, MSF started to build a new maternity hospital in Al-Qanawes to serve Hajjah and Hodeidah governorates.

Outbreaks of infectious diseases are common in Yemen, due to poor sanitation, a lack of clean water, a shortage of vaccines and gaps in regular vaccination programs. Between January and April, we admitted 15,265 suspected cholera patients to our facilities and opened cholera treatment centres in Khamer and Taiz.