Saving Yemen

In its fourth year, the conflict in Yemen has pushed the country to near economic collapse and grave human catastrophe. Today about 80% of the population is in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, and about one-third – 10 million people – cannot find enough food to eat. Nearly 18 million Yemenis do not have access to clean water and sanitation, triggering the worst cholera outbreak in recorded history, with more than 1 million cases reported in the last two years alone. Fighting, shelling and airstrikes have caused nearly 100 civilian casualties per week, and tens of thousands of families have had to flee their homes.

UMR felt the urgent need for a collective effort to better help people in Yemen.  Therefore in August 2019  UMR has  joined with MedGlobalProject HOPE, and Pure Hands to form the Humanitarian Alliance for Yemen to launch a closely coordinated, holistic response to the continually worsening humanitarian and meet health and nutrition needs as top priorities for the Humanitarian Alliance for Yemen.

The four U.S.-based nonprofit organizations are leveraging their expertise and resources to deliver humanitarian and development assistance to the people of Yemen and address the needs of millions of people in rapid decline after five years of conflict.

The Humanitarian Alliance for Yemen is working to engage local Yemeni organizations to focus on hardest-hit and unreached or under-served communities where malnutrition and disease are rampant – delivering food, medical supplies and medicines, in addition to providing emergency and other critical medical services.

 In the longer term, with an improved security environment, the alliance will aim to empower Yemeni communities to support themselves with sustainable programs focusing on rebuilding the health infrastructure and the capacity of Yemeni health workers.

 In November, the alliance deployed a short-term medical mission with the overall objective of “Provision of emergency healthcare and educational services to a vulnerable population in Hadhramout and Ma’rib in Yemen.”

Throughout the mission, an internationally diverse and skilled team volunteered in Seiyun city in Hadhramout Governorate and Ma’rib city in Ma’rib Governorate. The 20 medical member team  provided services like internal medicine, surgeries, and medical training. The alliance also  held lectures and workshops daily to cover the most critical medical topics, and daily challenges in the local healthcare facilities and propose practical solutions. Additionally, the alliance supplied multiple local healthcare facilities with vital medical equipment, surgical supplies, and essential medications.

Photo Credit – Oxfam

About the Alliance Members

UMR’s health, education and food security programs aim to reduce the suffering of the most marginalized and vulnerable groups through immediate relief and development projects that provide tools and resources needed to increase their resilience and self-reliance.

MedGlobal provides sustainable health care services to the refugees, the displaced and the most vulnerable in crisis areas and low resources countries worldwide by deploying diverse short-term volunteer medical missions and partnering with local organizations.

Project HOPE operates around the world wherever the need is greatest, working side-by-side with health care workers and their communities, addressing the greatest public health challenges to enable people to live their best lives. We respond to disasters and health crises and stay on in communities long after disaster strikes to help find solutions to epidemics and any other neglected health needs.

Pure Hands focuses on alleviating poverty, providing economic opportunity, and delivering emergency relief. We work together to serve the larger community and to support the poor and most vulnerable groups, reducing their suffering through well-planned and comprehensive programs in health, food security, WASH, capacity building, livelihoods, and disaster preparedness and response. Our in-kind donations, in collaboration with a number of U.S.-based partners, have exceeded $18 million over the past three years alone, delivering health supplies, equipment and medicine to a number of hard to reach and under siege Yemeni localities.

Nagwa Abdallah
Communications Officer, UMR
(202) 370-6963 x112

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