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Jamil Jamal dedicates himself to provide health services to the community and the displaced at Aldhaber Health Centre in Amran governorate

Jamil Jamal the director of Aldhaber Health Centre in Amran governorate at his office during working hours 
UNICEF Yemen/2019/Haleem

By Majd Aljunaid

Yemen, 10 June 2019 - More than four years of the conflict in Yemen has led to the deterioration of the health system across the country. As a result, around 19.7 million people have been cut off from regular access to healthcare and put at risk of diseases that could easily be prevented.

Jamil Jamal has been working as the Director of Aldhaber Health Centre in Amran governorate for 13 years. 

Aldhaber health centre receives an average of 80- 100 patients per day requiring various health services including; reproductive health, nutrition, immunization and child care, as well as emergency services.
The conflict in Yemen has led to a total disruption and paralysis of the health centre in terms of salaries of workers, medicines and infrastructure, and the operational expenses.

"The Emergency Health & Nutrition Project interventions to support the health centre came at a time of greatest need " Jamil Jamal said.

The support provided to the health centre managed to restore work and provide essential primary health services, as well as supporting staff in the centre with monthly incentives and operational expenses to continue their work.

"This support from UNICEF and the World Bank’s International Development Association has revitalized Aldhaber health centre in Amran governorate" Jamil Jamal said.

The health centre started to provide health care to the community in the region for a population of over 27,000 in addition to the displaced people who now live in Aldhaber district, Amran governorate. Those displaced usually come from different governorates such as Taiz, Hajja and Sa'ada, and most recently from Hudaydah.

"The centre can now provide health care to the residents of the area as well as a large number of displaced people who face difficult health and living conditions " Jamil Jamal added.

One of the health workers after giving the vaccine to a child at Aldhaber Health Centre © UNICEF Yemen/2019/Haleem

The health workers also provide some services outside the health centres in the area and in which they assist displaced families and affected people in the region. "These activities have reduced the number of patients and helped to prevent diseases such as cholera and acute watery diarrhea" Jamil Jamal said.
The Community Health Workers also provide immunization, nutrition, and obstetric care in Amran governorate.

"I hope that the support of the health centre continues by providing medicines and medical supplies as it receives a large number of cases and displaced people." Jamal added.

Drugs for children at Aldhaber health centre in Amran governorate © UNICEF Yemen/2019/Haleem

In Amran governorate, the Emergency Health and Nutrition Project supported by UNICEF and the World Bank’s International Development Association, supports 110 health facilities in the province with operational expenses, medicines, nutrition, medical equipment, and essential furniture. These health facilities are a part of around 1,900 health facilities supported by the project in all governorates across Yemen.

Children playing at the yard of Aldhaber health centre in Amran governorate
 © UNICEF Yemen/2019/Haleem

Through the project, UNICEF works tirelessly with its partners and the local to sustain the health system in the country to provide better health care for every child and continue to support the scale-up of essential health care services for children and women through service delivery at health facilities, regular community outreach from health facilities to remote communities and integrated outreach and mobile teams.



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