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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.
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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USAID supports life-saving maternal, child health and family planning services, and a stronger health system that reaches the most vulnerable populations.

Only 50 percent of the health facilities in Yemen are functioning, and these facilities face severe shortages in medicines, equipment, and staff. These gaps especially impact critical services for the most vulnerable women and children. Unmet need for family planning (FP) remains high at 31.7 percent, while only 51.5 percent of women indicate demand for FP is satisfied. Facility stock outs continue with increased duration and frequency. Yemen’s collapsing healthcare system is projected to result in 1,000 maternal deaths per 68,000 pregnant women at risk. Gender based violence has also increased by over 17 percent since the onset of conflict. In addition, the degrading health care system has resulted in vulnerability to and emergence of diseases that can generally be cured or eradicated elsewhere in the world. This ranges from the largest cholera outbreak globally impacting all but one governorate, to the emergence of diphtheria and risk of re-introduction of polio.

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Last updated: November 07, 2019

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