Saudi Arabia Leads International Efforts to Save Children, Rehabilitate Yemen’s Health Sector
March 05, 2017
The Riyadh-based King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRELIEF) is leading international efforts to rehabilitate Yemen’s health sector which has nearly been destroyed since the Houthi militias and the forces loyal to deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh usurped power in Sana’a. The United Nations detailed Houthi militias’ gross violations of international humanitarian law, including attacks on hospitals and medical facilities. Houthi militias and Saleh loyalists have also prevented medical supplies from reached the needy.
KSRELIEF has sent 58 trucks carrying over 600 tons of medical and therapeutic supplies to all Yemeni provinces, starting with Aden and Marib. KSRELIEF also worked closely with the UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in training 3,153 health workers on the social management of acute malnutrition and opened 854 centers for therapeutic nutrition program. The program also provided medical treatment and follow up cases of acute malnutrition. KSRELIEF mobile health teams have treated over a quarter of a million children suffering from acute malnutrition and provided immunization and postnatal care to over 1.2 million children throughout Yemen. The teams also provided services for pregnant women and post-delivery care for over 220,000 women.
To date, KSRELIEF provided 12,000,000 vaccines for Yemeni children against measles and rubella diseases and tetanus and whooping cough.
In collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), KSRELIEF provided basic services such as diabetes and cancer medicines, and support the operation of emergency rooms by providing 350,000 gallon of fuel to 88 hospitals and 19 health facilities in Yemen.