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doctor examines infant patient in Yemen
A physician examines an infant in the Amran governorate in northern Yemen. The doctor is part of a USAID-sponsored mobile medical team that travels to areas lacking proper medical care.
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Health indicators in Yemen – in particular maternal and child health indicators – are among the worst in the Middle East.  Fewer than 40 percent of women give birth with a skilled attendant present, and, in 2003, 370 women died of childbirth-related causes for every 100,000 live births. In addition, 57 infants under the age of one die each year for every 1,000 live births. High fertility, early marriage, post-partum complications, and poor sanitary conditions all contribute to poor maternal health conditions.

Where health facilities exist, the quality of services is often poor and operational hours are limited. USAID works with the Ministry of Public Health to extend access to quality health services in remote governorates of Yemen through mobile medical teams and by renovating health clinics, providing basic medical equipment to health facilities, training midwives and doctors in emergency obstetric and pre-and postnatal care, and improving counseling services and community health education on family planning. 

Our impacts in this sector include:

  • Health services provided to more than 4 million individuals, mostly mothers and children.
  • Services provided through 18 mobile medical units to more than 94,000 individuals in underserved areas since 2011.
  • Measles and polio vaccinations provided in cooperation with WHO and UNICEF to 1.7 million kids under 10 in 2012. 

Last updated: January 14, 2014

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