The road less travelled: mobile teams across Yemen get medical support to hard to reach communities

A field update from Aden, Taiz, Hajjah and Mareb

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A vaccinator returns her supplies to the mobile team van after conducting a clinic in Mareb
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31 March 2020

A mobile team is deployed to treat a displaced population that has arrived in a centre for the internally displaced in Aden

A team arrives in Mareb with vital health supplies and support for displaced families
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A team arrives in Mareb with vital health supplies and support for displaced families
The teams begin their day by loading up a mobile team vehicle at a primary health clinic in Aden before moving to the IDP centre.
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The teams begin their day by loading up a mobile team vehicle at a primary health clinic in Aden before moving to the IDP centre.
screening of new arrivals to the IDP centre for malnutrition and provide them with the relevant treatment.
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They screen new arrivals to the IDP centre for malnutrition and provide them with the relevant treatment.
screening of new arrivals to the IDP centre for malnutrition and provide them with the relevant treatment.
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They screen new arrivals to the IDP centre for malnutrition and provide them with the relevant treatment.

Salam Fares Qahtan, is 12 months old and was brought to the mobile team by his grandfather. He is screened for malnutrition.  His grandfather, Qahtan Mohammed, says: “My grandson suffers from malnutrition. We didn’t understand the illness that was causing this. The mobile team came and taught us about some of the risks and how to treat him. He is making a good recovery."

A baby receives a vaccine provided by one of the health workers in the mobile teams.
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A baby receives a vaccine provided by one of the health workers in the mobile teams.

Doctor Belquees who runs the mobile team in Mareb says that “the situation here is terrible. Parents are unable often to care for their children’s health. We often discover the child hasn’t received any vaccinations since birth. Here we respond to the patient’s needs.”

The mobile team comes with supplies to treat malnutrition, vaccines for children and vital support for pregnant and lactating women.
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The mobile team comes with supplies to treat malnutrition, vaccines for children and vital support for pregnant and lactating women.
The mobile team comes with supplies to treat malnutrition, vaccines for children and vital support for pregnant and lactating women.
UNICEF Yemen/2020
The mobile team comes with supplies to treat malnutrition, vaccines for children and vital support for pregnant and lactating women.

These are able mobile teams deploy across Yemen because of vital ongoing support thought KS Relief and UAE Aid through the Imdad fund. The partnership has been responsible for providing over 43,000 pregnant women with antenatal care, vaccinating over 10,000 children and screening 65,000 children for malnutrition.

In Guaidina, Abs, families who have been struggling to access medical care, receive a lifeline
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In Guaidina, Abs, families who have been struggling to access medical care, receive a lifeline

With their support UNICEF Yemen will continue to deploy over 48 mobile medical teams providing lifesaving healthcare to hard-to-reach communities in Abyan, Hodiedah, Shabwah, Dhamar, Al Mahweet, Hajjah and Taiz.