Yemen

UPDATE: 18 August 2016

Following the 15 August aerial bombing of Abs hospital in Hajjah governorate, which killed 19 people and injured 24, MSF has decided to evacuate its staff from the hospitals it supports in Saada and Hajjah governorates in northern Yemen: Haydan, Razeh, Al Gamouri, and Yasnim hospitals in Saada, and Abs and Al Gamouri hospitals in Hajjah. Read more.

UPDATE: 14 July 2016

There has been a significant decrease in the number of airstrikes and violence in the north and some areas in the south, yet we are witnessing another emergency related to the patients with chronic diseases. The country is still under import restrictions that hinder the importation of medication, causing patients with chronic diseases nationwide to struggle to find the treatment and medication they need. Many are dying as a result.

Read the latest Yemen crisis update (July 2016)

Activities  2015 International Activity Report

Armed conflict escalated into a full-scale war in Yemen in 2015, exacerbating already massive medical and humanitarian needs and severely restricting access to healthcare.

The Houthis continued to advance in 2015, taking over the presidential palace in Sanaa in January. President Hadi fled to Aden, and a Saudi-led coalition supporting his government began airstrikes to recover lost territory, including the port of Aden. Meanwhile, the war allowed Al Qaida and Islamic State (IS) group fighters to reinforce their presence in the country. By year’s end, the United Nations estimated that 2,800 people had been killed and some 2.5 million were internally displaced. The healthcare system has been decimated: medical staff have fled the country, facilities have been destroyed and medical supplies cut.

MSF managed to maintain its operations in Aden when it was divided by a frontline. In other areas it also scaled up its activities during 2015 as much as security allowed, despite an attack that destroyed the hospital it supports in Haydan, Sa’ada governorate, on 26 October and another on its tented clinic in Al-Houban, Taiz governorate, on 2 December, which wounded nine. A fuel blockade hampered the delivery of aid, while fighting, shifting frontlines and airstrikes restricted the movement of people and humanitarian organisations.

Read more about MSF's activities in Yemen in 2015.

Year MSF first worked in the country: 1994.

2015 Key figures
Outpatient consultations 151,000
Patients admitted to hospital 14,700
Patients treated for intentional physical violence, including war wounds 11,700
Surgical interventions 10,400
Antenatal care consultations 9,800
No. staff in 2015 551
2015 Expenditure €38.4 million

Figures from 2015 International Activity Report
and 2015 International Financial Report

Activity Reports

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