ACT Monitors the Health of Yemeni Children and Mothers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The health checks for Yemeni children have become a regular program held by Aksi Cepat Tanggap, including during the COVID-19 pandemic in April.

Toddlers in Hamadan being examined in Ablas Health Unit, Yemen. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, SANAA - Medical services and provision of nutritional supplements have been held again for children and pregnant women in the Sanaa Governorate, Yemen. In mid-April, Aksi Cepat Tanggap medical volunteers in Yemen conducted a health check at the Qa'a Al Irrah Health Unit and Ablas Health Unit, Hamadan district.

More than 3,000 toddlers had their health checked and received nutritious food supplements at  Qa'a Al-Irrah health unit. As many as 74 toddlers suffered from malnutrition. In addition, a total of 1,360 pregnant and lactating women also benefitted from the free health check. Out over 1,300 patients, around 210 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers suffered from moderate malnutrition. This can certainly affect the lives of the child they are carrying.

Meanwhile, in the Ablas Health Unit, 2,177 toddlers underwent a health check. around 272 of them suffered from acute hunger edema, and 521 others suffer from moderate hunger edema.

Said Mukaffiy of the Global Humanity Response (GHR) - ACT explained that health checks were carried out for children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers in Sana’a as an effort to maintain the health of the Yemeni women and children amid COVID-19 pandemic that is sweeping the world.

"Yemeni children have long suffered from the prolonged conflict, and it is becoming even more worrying during a pandemic like today. The collapsing economy made it difficult for families in Yemen, especially in Sana’a, to provide adequate nutritious foods for pregnant women and children, hence hindering their health and growth, "Said added. ACT's endeavors to support Yemeni children continue to be carried out in line with other kinds of assistance. []