COVID-19 Emergency in Yemen | Latest news from the Country

YEMEN

INTERSOS INTERVENTION

 

All protection centres are up and running, with adaptive measures, such as limited attendance. The health facilities are running normally. The mobile clinics continue to work especially in internally displaced people concentration areas. To avoid gathering, our staff is working through one to one sessions, doing distributions home to home and increasing outreach visits for critical protection cases. Staff is also developing home psycho-social support. COVID-19 preventative measures and messages are applied transversally and integrated in all programming. Water trucking and chlorination activities are ongoing and hygiene promotion have been adapted to individual/house to house sessions

HIGHLIGHTS

301

health staff trained

20

health facilities supported

CONTEXT

 

The risk of greater spread of COVID-19 is in the most populated areas such as Aden, Hadramawt, and Sana’a. Yemen currently has no stocks of personal protection equipment for COVID-19. Scanners, thermometers, ventilators and monitors are also increasingly difficult to find in the market. The health sector in Yemen is not ready for coping with this situation. There are not enough tests available and there is lack of overall lab supplies. Just a few cases of contagion are reported and there is a drop in people attending health facilities. Heavy rains in April led to flooding, the spread of cholera, displacement, severe infrastructure damage and casualties. 45% of Yemeni population doesn’t have access to water, especially internally displaced people in hosting sites. The ongoing fuel crisis continues to threaten access to food, hospital operations and water supplies which are fuel-dependent and crucial to prevent virus transmission. The political situation might bring more complications as clashes and air strikes continue. Movements between North and South are limited and difficult.

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