Yemen: MSF withdrawing from Ibb Al-Thawra hospital

Statement by Hugues Robert, MSF Program Manager for Yemen

Sanaa, Yemen - “Due to our inability to run activities according to MSF’s principles of independence and impartiality, we have made the difficult decision to withdraw from Al-Thawra hospital in Ibb, Yemen. Our departure is not immediate and will happen gradually over the course of the next three months. MSF has been providing life-saving care in the emergency room of Al-Thawra hospital in Ibb since January 2016, and in the last year over 41,000 patients have been treated.

MSF is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that treats patients irrespective of their religious, tribal, political or other affiliations. All medical care provided by MSF is free of charge and accessible to all, without discrimination.

MSF remains committed to the Yemeni population and will continue its medical activities in nine governorates. We reiterate our call on all parties to the conflict to respect civilian lives and medical structures.”