ACTNews, HAJJAH, SANA’A – As long as conflict keep escalating, sufferings of Yemeni women and children will be heard. On Sunday (6/17), Middle East Monitor (MEMO) reported that three children and one woman died after an attack in Abes District, Hajjah Province, Yemen.
Yemen, known as one of the poorest countries in the world, has been in conflict since 2014. According to UN’s officials, more than 50.000 people died in Yemen conflict. Meanwhile, more than 11% of Yemeni population sought refuge in other safer areas in Yemen.
More than becoming victims during attacks, women and children were also impacted by poor health facilities in Yemen, such as pregnancy care and birth service. In reality, access to good quality of health care is a key in mother and baby’s lives.
UNICEF reported that mortality rate of female populations in Yemen had increased since the conflict escalated, from 5 deaths per day in 2013, to 12 deaths per day in 2018. “Antenatal care and trained paramedics were vital at time of labor, for the mother and baby’s lives and survival,” Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, explained.
Citing UNICEF’s report, giving birth is considered a tragedy for the family. On Friday (6/14), UNICEF stated that there are one woman and six babies die in Yemen every two hours, because of pregnancy or natal complication.
“Decades of development lag and war had crippled important public services, such as healthcare for mothers and babies. Everything was destroyed,” Henrietta Fore said.
Fore said that half of health facilities in Yemen had stopped functioning, caused by lack of medical staffs. Moreover, Yemen also failed to pay operational costs for hospitals, such as medical equipment and stocks of medicines.
With the lack of adequate service, lack of access, and high cost of healthcare, hospital become the “last resort” for women and children in Yemen. Particularly, for those who live or seek refuge in isolated places, villages, and places badly damaged by war.