19 May 2015

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is currently working in several governorates in Yemen. The organisation has received more than 1,600 war wounded in Aden, Amran, Hajja and Al-Dhale since the current conflict began, and has brought more than 100 tonnes of humanitarian aid to its various facilities around the country.

The following is a summary of the organisation’s current activities throughout Yemen.

Since March 19, MSF has received more than 1,000 injured people at its facilities in Aden. In Aden, MSF is running an Emergency Surgical Hospital, and has also been supporting Crater Health Centre with medication and power generator fuel.

The Emergency Surgical Hospital currently includes an emergency section, operating theatre, inpatient department, physiotherapy and psychotherapy facilities, x-ray facilities, a laboratory, and a pharmacy.

Soon, MSF will start outpatient surgical mobile clinics to provide care to surgical patients who cannot access MSF’s hospitals. 

Last week, MSF started providing general consultations in mobile clinics to displaced people around the city of Amran. More than 320 general consultations were provided, and activities are still ongoing. In addition, MSF has provided support to displaced people in several locations.

A young child is treated at Médecins Sans Frontières' hospital in Al-Salam Hospital in Khamer, Yemen. Photo: Malak Shaher/MSF
A young child is treated at MSF hospital in Al-Salam Hospital in Khamer, Yemen. Photo: Malak Shaher/MSF

This included providing water tanks, water supplies, non-food items and hygiene kits to more than 500 displaced families in 12 locations in Khamer. The support activities also included health promotion among displaced people, and cleaning the sewage system in the Central Market of Khamer.

MSF is actively supporting life-saving and healthcare services to the patients in 12 departments of the Ministry of Health’s Al-Salam Hospital. The organisation is also supporting Huth Health Centre with medications, oxygen, logistic equipment, human resource support, electricity and a referral system.

MSF is supporting displaced people with water, non-food items, and general medical consultations in the Health Centre of Bani Hashim district. MSF also provided emergency and life-saving services for injured people in Haradh Hospital.

The organisation is still providing life-saving healthcare services in the Ministry of Health’s Al-Nasser Hospital in Al-Dhale. Support is being offered in a 24/7 emergency room, and in the areas of surgery, post-operative care, sterilisation, laboratory, infection control, health care waste management and referrals.

In addition, MSF is supporting Al-Azarik Health Center in the emergency room, as well as with ante-natal care, post-natal care, family planning, normal deliveries, EPI, nutrition, and in providing referrals to Al-Nasser Hospital.

In Qataba, MSF supports the 24/7 emergency room, an observation room, a laboratory and health care waste management at the Ministry of Health’s Al-Salam Hospital. MSF is also supporting several health centres and Jaffea and Al-Habilain Hospitals with medical supplies and equipment.

An international and national MSF team is supporting the emergency room, operating theatre and maternity departments of Al Jumhuri hospital in Sa'ada town. The organisation is also supporting Haidan Health Center with a doctor, referral system and medications, and is planning further support for the facility.

MSF has provided material support, emergency medications and surgical supplies to Al-Jumhori and Al-Rawdah hospitals, which have received people affected by violence in the recent and ongoing conflict.  A MSF team is currently on the ground assessing whether further support is required.

MSF has been providing urgent support during emergencies to local hospitals through the Ministry of Health.

Following the blast in Noqum Mountain on May 11, MSF provided emergency materials and medications to Al-Thawra and Al-Jumhori Hospitals. MSF has responded to several similar emergencies in Sana'a since the beginning of 2015.

Find out more about MSF's work in Yemen.