A helping hand to heroes

AlSadaqa Hospital, Aden

Ali Qasim Ali
a health worker taking care of a premature newborn

04 December 2019

Al-Sadaqa hospital in Aden is a lifeline to families displaced by the conflict in Yemen. Despite ongoing challenges like the procurement of medicines and vital hospital supplies, and recent civil unrest, hero health workers show up every day to keep babies alive.

Abdulkhaleq Abdullah is one such hero. He works as a physician’s assistant, providing health care for newborn babies at the hospital. “We receive so many displaced people in the hospital from many governorates. Most of them from Hodeidah. They are in a dire need for health care due to their poor living conditions, so we try to do our best to provide health care for mothers and babies here,” says Abdulkhaleq.

A health worker
Abdulkhaleq Abdullah works as a physician assistant in providing health care for newborn babies at Al-Sadaqah hospital in Aden

For vulnerable babies born to families who have been displaced by conflict, it is often a struggle to survive. Muna Mohammed, who is 28 years old, knows all too well these challenges. Having lost her first baby during childbirth and after fleeing from AlDhale’e to Aden, she was able to get lifesaving care for her twins.

A mother and a child in hospital
Muna and her newborn babies receive health care at Al-Sadaqah hospital supported by UNICEF in Aden.

"We were displaced from AlDhale’e governorate to Aden due to the conflict and destruction. I gave birth in the hospital here; they helped me a lot and provided health care for me and my twin babies,” Muna says.

“We are living in poor conditions, without assistance I could not afford the costs for my birth in a health facility. But here in AlSadaqa hospital, I found the adequate health care and the staff are exerting a lot of efforts to serve me and my babies. We are so thankful for UNICEF assistance and I hope that this hospital can be supported more,” Muna added.

A nurse
Huda Mohammed Fadl, a nurse in the nursery department at Al-Sadaqa Hospital, has been in the profession for 30 years.

Huda Mohammed Fadhl, is another health worker hero working as a nurse in the nursery at Al-Sadaqa. She says that; "war and conflict destroy buildings and health facilities and cause poverty and suffering for people especially for the people who were forced to flee from their houses, so many displaced people, come here to receive health care. The hospital is providing better care, thanks to the support from UNICEF through providing the hospital with medicines, medical equipment and the operational budget so this hospital can continue functioning to provide all these vulnerable mothers and children with health care and services. 

Other mothers, like Rana, agree. She would have been unable to get her child the care he needed to survive without the free services provided at Al-Sadaqa and the support of nurses like Huda. Rana fled Zabid in Hodeidah governorate, eventually arriving in Aden with her two babies. “For the first time I saw the war with my own eyes, the tent I lived in was totally destroyed in Hodeidah when I was pregnant with my first child,” she remembers. “I came here to AlSadaqa hospital to receive free health care for me and my child. We are displaced and cannot pay for health care expenses,” she adds.

a child on a hospital bed
Rana Hassan, 20 years old, has two children, is displaced from Zabid in Hodeidah.
A mother and child on hospital bed

UNICEF, with generous support from partners like the Al Ansari Exchange is able to keep hospitals like Al-Sadaqa running. Through this partnership, families, especially those displaced by conflict, are provided with transport support to reach the hospital where they can access free maternal, newborn and child health services. Mothers just like Muna and Rana are met with the support and care they so fundamentally deserve. We look forward to seeing their children grow.