Recent fighting in Amran has driven many residents from the area. In response to their growing slate of medical needs, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has, in coordination with the Executive Unit for Managing IDPs’ Camps, supported 52 families located in Al-Najah school in Sana’a. The primary support was through the distribution of hygiene kits, non-food items, and mattresses; repairing nine bathrooms; providing water; and installing lights to help improve living conditions.
MSF will also evaluate the needs for general medical consultations and psychological support among the internally displaced people (IDPs).
“This humanitarian situation needed an urgent response,” says Hemidan Mohammad, MSF representative in Yemen. “The number of IDPs in the school was on the rise. Most of the IDPs are children who are in shock after leaving their homes due to the conflict.”
Meanwhile, MSF is also following and supporting IDPs within Amran governorate. Non-food items, hygiene kits, water, and food are being distributed to 64 IDPs identified in Khamer.
MSF will also visit Kharif and Raydah, where at least 200 families have been identified as IDPs, and will ensure the provision of support according to the needs found.
MSF has been working in Yemen since 1986 and continuously since 2007. MSF does not accept funding from any government for its work in Yemen; it relies solely on private donations. MSF provides medical and surgical care in Sana’a, Amran, Al-Dhale’, Aden, and Abyan governorates.