ACT Medical Services Reach Women and Children in Yemen

ACT Medical Services Reach Women and Children in Yemen

ACTNews, SANA’A – The prolonged conflict in Yemen has negatively affected the life of the Yemeni civilians. One of the severe impacts is its collapsing health system. Meanwhile, the number of Yemenis who are in need of medical service is increasing, especially children who suffer from malnutrition and other diseases. To continue alleviating the crisis in Yemen, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) provided medical service for children as well as pregnant and breastfeeding mother in Hamadan District, Sana’a in January 2019.

Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT stated that the clinics supported by ACT have served many women and children last January. In the midst of the conflict, it is difficult for the civilians to get access to healthcare. “Pregnant women as well as children need easily accessible healthcare,” said Faradiba, Tuesday (3/5).  

 

Many Yemeni children had not been able to see doctors for years, leaving many of their diseases untreated. Save The Children reported that, in November 2018, 85,000 children under the age of 5 may have died from extreme hunger or disease since the war in Yemen escalated more than three years ago. ACT team in Sanaa has confirmed this finding. “ACT medical service last January served 544 patients. There are 141 cases of malnutrition with 67 of them acute,” reported Faradiba.

Based on the data from Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluations (IHME), malnutrition is among the top 10 causes of death and disability-adjusted life years/DALYs) in Yemen. The conflict and economic collapse have caused malnutrition in children.

Last December, ACT’s health improvement program held by the Sympathy of Solidarity (SOS) for Yemen I took place in Bani Al Harith in Sanaa. Rudi Purnomo of SOS for Yemen I reported that, at that time, 30 to 45 cases of malnutrition were found in Al-Harith region. The place dwelled by approximately 10,000-12,000 residents has no adequate medical facilities.

“This is why health intervention is very important. Apart from providing food, ACT also initiated programs to intervene with the nutritional fulfillment for Yemeni children for the next six months,” said Purnomo in December 2018.

The children of Yemen are also directly affected by the violence. As reported by UNICEF, on Thursday (2/28), five children were killed in Tuhayta district in South Hodeidah, Yemen. They were killed by attacks that destroyed their houses. []

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