ACTNews. HAMADAN – Children who came to Aksi Cepat Tanggap’s clinic were suffering from acute malnutrition. Their growth is stunted due to lack of essential nutrients.
In December 2019, 5,305 children under five receive medical treatments in two ACT clinics. In the Al-Earah Qa'a Clinic in Hamdan District, Sanaa Governorate, 3,128 toddlers came for medical service. From over three thousand patients examined, 106 under toddlers suffered from acute malnutrition and 196 suffered from moderate malnutrition. Meanwhile, 66 toddlers out of 2,177 toddlers who came to the clinic in Ablas also suffered from malnutrition.
Andi Noor Faradiba from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) team - Aksi Cepat Tanggap reported that ACT’s clinics also served pregnant and breastfeeding women. "More than 1,300 pregnant and lactating women had their health checked last December. Some of them suffered from acute and moderate malnutrition," Faradiba said, Monday (1/27).
Over the years, the conditions of the Yemeni civilians have become increasingly exacerbated. Many children suffer from malnutrition and stunting. Additionally, cholera outbreaks also threatened the Yemeni women and children. According to Faradiba, the lack of medical personnel for in Yemen, especially for the children, pregnant and lactating women, had encouraged ACT to offer free clinics for the Yemenis.
"Families in Yemen need to be educated about health to avoid malnutrition. Among the causes of children born with disabilities, miscarriages, premature birth, and maternal death is the lack of concern of expectant mothers in caring for their own health and the health of their fetuses, "continued Faradiba. Children and women in Yemen have been suffering from the effects of prolonged conflict and plummeting Yemen's social-economic situation.