Yemen’s Ongoing War Takes Major Toll On Health Facilities’ Ability To Function, WHO Survey Shows

Associated Press: U.N. agency: Yemen war has taken out half of health facilities
“The U.N.’s health agency says that half of Yemen’s medical facilities have either been shut down or are partially functioning because of the war and that nearly half of the country suffers from severe shortage of doctors…” (11/7).

Deutsche Welle: Yemen faces humanitarian disaster from crippled health infrastructure, says WHO
“…Only 45 percent of the country’s 3,500 health facilities surveyed by the U.N.’s international public health organization were fully functional and accessible, the WHO said…” (7/11).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Disease stalks Yemen as hospitals, clinics devastated by war — WHO
“…The 18-month-old conflict between a Saudi Arabia-led coalition and the Iran-aligned Houthi group which controls much of northern Yemen has destroyed much of Yemen’s infrastructure, killed more than 10,000 people, and displaced millions. UNICEF says the humanitarian disaster in the country has left 7.4 million children in need of medical help and 370,000 at risk of severe acute malnutrition…” (Mis, 11/7).

U.N. News Centre: New U.N. survey reveals extensive damage to health system in war-torn Yemen
“…After examining 16 out of 22 Yemen’s governorates, the WHO’s Health Resources Availability Mapping System (HeRAMS) found that out of total 3,507 surveyed health facilities, only 1,579 (45 percent) are fully functional and accessible, 1,343 (38 percent) are partially functional and 504 (17 percent) are non-functional. Findings also revealed that 274 health facilities were damaged as a result of the ongoing conflict…” (11/7).

United Press International: WHO: Half of Yemen’s hospitals not fully functional after 18-month war
“…Only 6.2 beds are available for every 10,000 people, which is below the international benchmark, according to WHO. The survey found 49 of the 276 districts — almost 18 percent — had no medical doctors…” (Cone, 11/7).

VICE News: On the brink
“…Eighty percent of Yemen is currently in need of humanitarian assistance, and 19 of the country’s 22 governorates have reached crisis levels of food insecurity, according to the [World] Food Programme…” (Liautaud, 11/4).

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