Yemen Conflict - Basic Services, Including Health, Continue To Be Undermined
By IHP, Jan 16 2017 05:14PM
The ongoing conflict in Yemen continues to undermine the availability of basic social services, including health. International Health Partners is continuing its urgent call to donor partners for much needed medicines which include Paracetamol, Amoxicillin, Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) and Hydrocortisone, to name just a few.
“Injuries related to conflict, non-communicable diseases, and maternal and child health services are placing a huge strain on a weakened health system,” says Adele Paterson, IHP’s Associate Director of Corporate Partnerships. “Our donors are extremely generous. I hope that they will look at the needs list we have supplied and be able to give what they can,” she continues.
Import interruptions and the closure of air and sea ports have led to shortages in essential medicines and medical supplies.
Since September 2016, government employees, including health staff, have not been receiving regular salaries, resulting in shortages of staff reporting to work at public health facilities. On the other hand, most Yemeni citizens are not able to afford health services from the private sector.
A number of hospitals are reporting shortages in fuel, medicines and medical supplies, particularly drugs for chronic illnesses including renal dialysis solutions, medicines for kidney transplant surgeries, diabetes and blood pressure.
Medical teams are dealing with outbreaks of cholera and measles. IHP is supporting local partners and the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the ground.
List of medicines IHP partners in Yemen urgently need
Hydrocortisone - all formulations and strengths
Hospitals in Yemen urgently need medicines and medical supplies (Credit: WHO)