Why are we there?
- Armed conflict
- Massive flow of migrants
This is an excerpt from MSF-USA's 2012 Annual Report:
Violence and instability in Yemen both prevent access to health care and limit MSF’s ability to operate. In 2012, despite MSF’s ongoing outreach and insistence that weapons are forbidden in its facilities, activities in certain areas had to be suspended. Huth health center in Amran governorate was closed by the MOH, for instance, after armed men threatened MSF staff.
In contrast, staff working at Al-Salam hospital in Khamir expanded, opening a new nursery, a pediatric ward, and an intensive care unit, while also broadening maternity services. An outpatient feeding program was handed over to the MOH so MSF could focus on more complex conditions. Mobile teams also traveled regularly to the remote Osman and Akhraf valleys to screen for and treat malaria and malnutrition.
In April, MSF opened a 40-bed emergency surgical center inside Al-Wahda hospital compound, in Aden, for patients from Aden and from MSF-supported facilities in Abyan and Ad-Dali. Teams referred patients needing specialist reconstructive surgery to Sana’a to Amman, Jordan. By year’s end, most people displaced by earlier civil unrest had returned home, allowing MSF to withdraw from these facilities.
In Ad-Dali governorate, MSF managed surgical referrals to Aden from Al-Naser hospital, while also donating drugs and medical supplies to the operating theater.
In Abyan governorate, staff provided emergency, surgical, and maternity services in Jaar until public health authorities reopened Al-Razi hospital in June. MSF also donated drugs and supplies to Lawdar hospital and other health facilities.
Staff treated 395 patients for measles following an outbreak in Amran and Ad-Dali and 83 for dengue following an outbreak in Abyan. Additionally, an MSF team provided mental health assistance to migrants in Hajjah governorate, along one of the main routes from the Horn of Africa to the Gulf states.
At the end of 2012, MSF had 576 staff in Yemen. MSF has worked in the country since 1994.