Health Situation in Yemen
Yemen faces regular disease outbreaks, including cholera, diphtheria, chicken pox, and more recently the C-19 pandemic, putting the country’s health care system, already strained by years of underinvestment and lack of supplies and equipment, in disarray. In addition, half of the health facilities have been damaged, destroyed, or are no longer functional.
In Yemen, most of the population lack access to health care due to destruction of the health facilities in their areas or due to lack of financial resources. Any new health crisis adds further strain to the already overstretched and under-capacitated health facilities.
- 51% of health facilities are functioning and less than 50% of births are attended by skilled health personnel.
- An estimated 20.1 million people lack access to basic healthcare.
- The ICRC continues to provide medical material, equipment, and medicines to 48 hospitals, 3 dialysis centers and 36 primary healthcare clinics across the country.
- The ICRC supports the treatment of tens of thousands of war-wounded patients every year and provides services to more than 54,000 people with disabilities.
- In 2021, more than two million Yemenis benefited from ICRC activities in the field of health.
- The ICRC supports diploma programs for Prosthetics and Orthotics in partnership with the Higher Institute for Health Sciences for 10 students (3 years) and provides scholarships to 25 students to do bachelor degrees in the field of Orthotics and Prosthetic at Sana’a University, in view of strengthening services for mine victims and people with disabilities