Health and Nutrition

Situation overview

According to international reports about Yemen, 14.1 million people are currently estimated to lack adequate access to health care. 3 million people are in need of nutrition services –including roughly 2 million acutely malnourished children under 5, in addition to 1 million people at risk of malnutrition who require preventive services.

Currently, there is a growing critical need for essential healthcare assistance in all war- affected areas due to the accelerating collapse of health services across the whole country.

Program scope and strategy:
  • Meeting immediate needs of victims of crisis, natural disasters and civil conflicts
  • Provision of emergency medical services.
  • Providing long term health & nutrition services to communities in need by operating clinics and training health workers
  • Supporting health care- facilities
  • Incorporating and engaging  family and community roles
  • Deployment of health & nutrition  mobile- teams
  • Providing health and protection Services in areas where no health service-centers exist
  • Providing life-saving medical treatments for those whose lives are at risks due to illness or spread of diseases
  • Reducing excess mortality among women and children due to infectious diseases, malnutrition, outbreaks of cholera and acute watery diarrhoea etc.
  • Aid and assist population-movement with lack of health and nutrition services
  • Reduce deteriorating nutritional status of the population.
  • Introducing environmental health
  • Promoting best practices on child care, the advantages of breastfeeding, hygienic and environmental sanitation,  developing preventive healthcare, guidance, education and family planning
  • Help in the procurement and distribution of basic medicine and supplies, immunization,  reproductive and maternal health services and commodities.
YFCA is an active member of the health cluster and member of the Health Core Group (HCCG). This year, we implemented a total of seven health projects which were funded by different donors including UNOCHA, UNFPA, UNDP, Marie Stopes and YFCA self-finance. The programs included the provision of integrated health services including RH services, primary health services and a part of nutrition through emergency mobile medical teams (EMMTs) and through supporting fixed health facilities.
The goals were to provide live-saving  integrated health services to those in need and to contribute in the sustainability of the provision of the project services after project end through strengthening the capacities of health care workers in the health facilities and re-build the trust between health service providers and beneficiaries. In all implemented health services projects, we ensured to mainstream protection and gender issues, principles and standards to both host communities and IDPs in affected areas.

  • 270 nurses and midwives in nine governorates were trained on provision of RH services including counselling.
  • 27, 697 beneficiaries in Taiz governorate received integrated life-saving services through the Emergency Mobile Medical Teams of which 29% were males, 26% females, 22% boys and 23% girls.
  •  80, 326 beneficiaries in Taiz, Al-Dale’, Saada and Ibb received RH services as well as primary health care of which 76% were females and 24% were males.
  • 300 beneficiaries in Ibb, Taiz and Al-Hodeida received medicines for non-communicable diseases and diabetes.
  • Beneficiaries are continuing to receive health services from Mobile Clinics run by youth in Sana’a.
  • 26, 400 beneficiaries in nine districts of Sana’a and Amanat Al Asima received RH services from YFCA funded health facilities and mobiles clinics.