WHO faces mounting health care challenges in Yemen

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The World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced its response efforts to the deteriorating health care situation in Taiz, Yemen.

Due to insecurity and ongoing violence, there have been limited deliveries for health care aid in Yemen’s governorate, Taiz. There are over 3.3 million people in Taiz who need critical health assistance. This figure includes 300,585 people who are internally displaced.

“The situation in Taiz is alarming,” WHO's representative in Yemen Ahmed Shadoul said. “Hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians need life-saving medicines and health services, food, safe water and fuel. Humanitarian and health needs are increasing and the limited response we have been able to provide is not enough.”

To assist the people, the WHO has offered 30 metric tons of medical supplies and medicines. These resources should be enough to help 600,000 people, which would include the 250,000 people who live in Taiz City itself. These deliveries include surgical and trauma health kids, Interagency Emergency Health Kits, diarrheal disease kits, and mother and child health kits.

Six hospitals, one health office, and three health centers spread throughout six districts also received blood bags, oxygen cylinders and similar medical supplies.

“There is so much more we can do for the people of Taiz, but we need unrestricted access so that we can reach more people, and additional funding to allow us to scale up our response,” Shadoul said. “Unless we are able to overcome these two challenges, more innocent lives are at risk. I call on all parties to the conflict to allow delivering aid into Taiz, and for the international donor community to support our work. We urgently need $60 million to continue our lifesaving response operations across the country until the end of this year.”

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