Hospitals in Yemen attacked, disrupting healthcare for thousands of vulnerable civilians

IOM Milhah, one of over 14,000 people displaced to Marib and Al Jawf, Yemen, in the past two weeks

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.


Attacks on health facilities in Yemen’s Marib province, East of the capital Sana’a, have left some 15,000 people – many of them displaced from other parts of the country – with severely limited options for medical care, the UN said on Monday.

In a statement, the office of Lise Grande, the Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, stated that Al Jafra and Al Saudi hospitals in the Majzer District in Marib, around 75 kilometres north of Marib City, were hit during clashes. The health facilities have been badly damaged, including the intensive care unit, occupational therapy unit, in-patients unit and the pharmacy at Al Jafra, which is the main hospital in the area.

“This is a completely unacceptable breach of international humanitarian law”, said Ms. Grande. “It’s terrible that facilities upon which thousands of people depend to survive have been badly damaged. The health sector has been hit very hard during this war: preventing further damage and helping to rebuild it are some of our highest priorities”.

Affected families were escaping January violence

In January, fighting escalated in three areas: Nehm, close to Sana’a, Jawf in the north, and the province of Marib, where a missile attack on a Government military base in the middle of January, reportedly left more than 100 dead.

In a briefing to the Security Council on January 28, Martin Griffiths, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, warned that the recent upsurge in violence is jeopardizing recent progress that warring parties have made on de-escalation and confidence-building.

The fighting led to more than 4,670 families fleeing to other parts of Marib, Sana’a and Al Jawf: many of the families escaping the areas nearest the fighting, had already been displaced following previous conflict, said the Resident Coordinator’s office, and no longer have any resources.

Humanitarians have been rushing to respond to the thousands of people displaced across the region in recent weeks. 1,884 families have received emergency kits of food, hygiene supplies, shelter materials and other essential items.

Other forms of assistance have included life-saving water supplies, health supplies, nutrition and protection services.

Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis with nearly 80 per cent of the population in need of some form of humanitarian assistance and protection. Ten million people are a step away from famine and 7 million people are malnourished, says the UN.

Advertising

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “CO2 is not the problem, it is the symptom”, the pilots who crossed the world using solar energy cry out from Davos

Public opinion misled by the Commission on air transport safety

Sea urchins are overwhelming parts of the ocean. Could turning them into sushi be the solution?

Help African farmers cope with climate change threats, UN food agency urges

Consumers to be better protected against misleading and unfair practices

A Sting Exclusive: “Global Climate: Our Common Responsibility”, S&P MEP Miriam Dalli underlines from Brussels

UPDATED: Thousands flee fighting around Libyan capital as Guterres condemns escalation, urges ‘immediate halt’ to all military operations

Criminals thrive on data abundance – here’s how we’ll catch them

Eurozone has practically entered a deflation trap

Eurozone banks are unable to support real economy’s dawning growth

Traditional knowledge at ‘core’ of indigenous heritage, and ‘must be protected’, says UN Forum

MEPs propose measures to combat mobbing and sexual harassment

Second Ebola death confirmed in Uganda as UN health agency mulls global emergency call

Amazon on fire: the interference in global health

Why sustainable packaging is good for profits as well as the planet

Investing in rural women and girls, ‘essential’ for everyone’s future: UN chief

UNESCO lists wrestling, reggae and raiho-shin rituals as global treasures to be preserved

What washing your hands can teach you about global change

The eight types of AI you should know about

Why practicing medicine privately at home is still a (difficult) option?

UN-backed intercultural dialogue forum urged to keep working to ‘bridge gap between the like-minded’

20 years on from landmark Mine Ban Treaty, dangers on the rise to life and limb

2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health 21-23 February 2017 in Sri Lanka

The ‘abuse of food relief in Yemen’ must end now

The Red Cross’s health chief explains how business must respond to coronavirus

‘Everyone must be on board’ for peace in Central African Republic: UN’s Lacroix

How to fight back against misinformation and polarization

Ethiopia is Africa’s fastest-growing economy

Women outliving men ‘everywhere’, new UN health agency statistics report shows

Brexit: No deal without marginalizing the hard Tory Eurosceptic MPs

Why did Cameron gain absolute majority? What will he do now? Will he vote ‘yes’ in Britain’s in – out EU referendum?

UN ‘stands ready’ to support Haiti after earthquake hits northern coast – Guterres

Siemens-Alstom merger: Can Germany and France lobby to circumvent EC’s rejection, against EU consumers’ interests?

Joint EU-U.S. statement following the EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

Resettlement needs set to rise to 1.4 million people in 2019, UN refugee agency reports

Over 1 million health consultations provided in Yemen in 2019: UN migration agency

UN chief welcomes South Sudan’s Unity government, lauds parties for ‘significant achievement’

This Norwegian cruise line plans to power its ships with rotting fish

Migration crisis, a human crisis after all

UN civil society conference to focus on sustainable solutions for challenges of urban life

More taxpayers’ money for the banks

The world’s largest bus system is starting to go electric

Why we need a moderate approach to moderating online content

6 ways to ensure AI and new tech works for – not against – humanity

A Sting Exclusive: “The Chinese economy is steady and moving in the right direction”, Ambassador Yang of the Chinese Mission to EU underscores from Brussels

‘Multiplicity’ of rights violations in Ukraine as fifth winter of conflict bites

UN chief welcomes new Government in Lebanon, after eight-month impasse

Ukraine pays the price for lying between Russia and the EU

Climate change: Parliament’s blueprint for long-term CO2 cuts

EU Ombudsman must continue push for more transparency in Council and Commission

Reforms in a few countries drive a decline in average OECD labour taxes

The big challenge of leadership and entrepreneurship in Europe

What you need to know about the Sustainable Development Impact Summit

Commission: New proposal for centrally managed bank resolution

Budgetary Control Committee asks for stronger measures to protect EU spending

A Sting Exclusive: “There can be no global deal on emissions without China and the USA”, Conservative MEP Ian Duncan stresses from Brussels

Cohesion Policy: involving citizens to ensure better results

Tackling ‘deeply worrying’ global rise in anti-Semitism is a job for all societies everywhere, says UN chief

Green economy ‘not to be feared, but an opportunity to be embraced’ says UN chief as COP25 gets underway

A Sting Exclusive: “eHealth can change many dimensions of how the healthcare area functions”, Polish MEP Michal Boni underscores from Brussels

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s