UNFPA’s Ongoing Work in Yemen

Women holding her child. UNFPA Yemen

The world’s worst humanitarian crisis has been unfolding in Yemen for the past five years. UNFPA had to close 100 of 180 health facilities in 2020 because of funding shortages. Medicine and midwives are scarce. And the lives of millions of pregnant women and their babies are in danger.

Even before the war, Yemen was one of the most dangerous places on earth for pregnant mothers. With many women giving birth at home, the risk for life-threatening complications was high. Now, poverty, hunger, violence, and COVID-19 have made it that much harder for women, girls, and babies to live safely. 

But UNFPA will provide lifesaving sexual and reproductive health care in Yemen, no matter what.

In 2019, UNFPA delivered 772,066 dignity kits to women and girls in Yemen. The kits contain items like soap, menstrual hygiene products, and underwear so women and girls can manage their periods without worrying about cost or stigma. 88 mobile clinics were also in operation. These clinics delivered care to villages and transported people in need to bigger hospitals. UNFPA also supported 34 safe spaces so survivors of gender-based violence could receive support and treatment safely.

In 2020, UNFPA is continuing to meet the needs of women, girls, and babies, but funding shortages and the COVID-19 pandemic have brought their own challenges. Even so, UNFPA has kept 80 clinics open for those needing reproductive health care and has established 18 hotlines for survivors of violence. Gender-based violence has increased under stay-at-home orders and the hotlines allow women and girls to receive care without having to leave their homes.

The need is extreme. But, there is hope.

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