Authorities In Yemen Must Prioritize Peace, Rebuild Public Services, Health Facilities

Thomson Reuters Foundation: This is what collapsing health, education, water and sanitation systems look like in Yemen
Henrietta H. Fore, executive director of UNICEF

“…Yemen had some of the worst health indicators globally even before the current escalation of fighting. … Three years into this conflict, more than half of the health facilities are non-functional due to damage or a lack of operating budget and staff. … The whole public service sector in Yemen, not just health, has been left in tatters. … UNICEF has supported the payment of incentives for doctors, nurses, and health workers who run the newborn, pediatric, and maternity wards in at least eight hospitals in Yemen that receive the highest number of patients. This support has been crucial since the conflict escalated as it helps maintain some social services at such a critical time for children. … [A]ll authorities in Yemen need to step up, recognize the urgency, and get public services in the country up and running again. … We can help fill in the gaps when absolutely necessary and should the funding come through, but we are no substitute for government services and our support can only be temporary. Peace is the only way Yemen can inch its way towards recovery. It is the only way children can help build their futures and the future of their communities. It is the only way forward” (7/10).

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