- High levels of poverty and unemployment combined with continuous insecurity make it difficult for Yemenis to access healthcare.
- Basic healthcare and lifesaving surgical care is provided by Médecins Sans Frontières in Al Azaraq and Qataba’a districts of Ad Dhale governorate.
- Médecins Sans Frontières teams in Amran continued to support Al-Salam hospital, providing emergency, maternity, inpatient and outpatient services and assisting in the laboratory and blood bank.
- To assist the communities in the remote Osman and Akhraf valleys, Médecins Sans Frontières supported the reopening of Heithah health unit in April, but insecurity caused the suspension and then complete cessation of activity in November.
- Médecins Sans Frontières' emergency surgical unit in Aden re-established networks of medical referrals from Abyan, Ad Dhale, Lahj and Shabwah –places frequently affected by violence and increased surgical needs.
- Support to Lawdar and Jaar hospitals in Abyan was stopped because Médecins Sans Frontières was seeing fewer victims of violence from these areas, and the networks were re-established and strengthened so patients could be referred to the Médecins Sans Frontières emergency hospital in Aden.
Rapid emergency response
- Médecins Sans Frontières set up a team to provide rapid medical aid following violence and other emergencies. Medical supplies were donated to clinics and hospitals, relief items were distributed to people forced to leave their homes by conflict and direct care was offered to victims of violence and the displaced.
- Medical items were donated to 38 health facilities in five governorates, including the capital Sana’a, and hundreds of displaced people received direct emergency support.
Reducing HIV stigma
- Lack of knowledge about HIV/AIDS among healthcare providers has been the main cause of stigma and discrimination in Yemen.
- Médecins Sans Frontières trained staff in seven hospitals as part of its work with the National AIDS Programme and its advocacy resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of people getting tested for HIV, including pregnant women, and in the number of HIV-positive patients admitted to Al Gumhuri hospital in Sana’a.
- Médecins Sans Frontières closed the mental health programme for migrants in detention that had opened in 2013. The number of new arrivals had stabilised, and there were organisations ready to take over running the project.
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Médecins Sans Frontières first started working in the country in 1986 and at the end of 2014, Médecins Sans Frontières had 562 staff in Yemen.