September 19, 2017
Voices From The Field: Françoise in Les Cayes, Haiti
The violence in Yemen has intensified since a coalition of Arab states, led by Saudi Arabia, began bombing several regions (notably Sana’a and Aden), resulting in the deaths of thousands of civilians. The conflict has severely disrupted the country’s infrastructure and public services, such as health centers and hospitals.
Doctors of the World, active in Yemen since 2007, currently supports numerous medical facilities in the governorates of Sana’a and Ibb. We supply medical equipment, emergency assistance and essentials drugs and medicines to those in need. We also support mobile clinics that provide care to patients who cannot reach the health centers.
Due to the ongoing conflict, 17 million Yemenis – almost 60% of the population – are facing food insecurity due to an air and sea blockade. In 2017, the UN estimated that 7 million people were on the brink of famine. As a result, our teams are providing malnutrition screening and treatment for children in some of the worst affected areas in the south and west of the country.
In addition to violence and food insecurity, a cholera epidemic swept the nation in April 2017. There are currently 750,000 reported cases of cholera and an estimated 2,119 people have died from the disease. The International Red Cross has estimated that cholera cases could reach 1 million by 2018.
Our Doctors of the World teams on the ground in Yemen are actively responding to the ongoing cholera crisis.