Supporting Hospitals, Saving Thousands of Children in Yemen
UNICEF make a huge difference for people who live in remote areas
“The conflict has affected everyone in the country. Many have lost their homes and their jobs. But organizations like UNICEF play a huge humanitarian role, making proper healthcare available for our children and us,” says Hussein Abu Bakr Ahmed Al-Ateeqi, who lives in a small village in Yemen.
Hussein and his family are among thousands of Yemenis who live in remote rural areas and now have access to qualified medical care thanks to the work of UNICEF, with support from KSRelief.
“Thanks to their help, everyone who lives in Lawdar and neighboring directorates can now receive the proper medical attention and free services in such crucial fields like childbirth and post-natal intensive care,” says Hussein Nabeel Abdullah, director of Shaheed Mahnaf Hospital in Lawdar, Yemen.
“Before these services appeared here in Lawdar, many local families lost their children as they would have to travel to Aden (around 180 km) to get qualified medical help,” remembers Hussein Al-Ateeqi, a father of eight. His youngest son was born prematurely and needed to be placed in a special incubator under constant supervision to survive. “Most newborns and mothers simply did not survive such a long journey. Moreover, even if they did, it was very hard for the families to afford transportation and housing. It is a true blessing that now we have this hospital in Lawdar! My wife and baby got all the necessary treatment here.”
Lawdar district is a remote area where people have always had difficulties accessing qualified medical help and other essential services. Since the beginning of the conflict, over 4.3 million Yemenis had to flee their homes, becoming internally displaced. Many of those people moved to areas like Lawdar, overwhelming the already barely existing healthcare and social services of the district.
KSrelief’s support enables UNICEF to maintain and renovate hospitals and healthcare centers in Yemen, making emergency services, routine healthcare, vaccinations, and much more available and affordable for everyone. The Shaheed Mahnaf Hospital in Lawdar is one of the brightest examples of how these efforts save hundreds of lives.
“Free health care for mothers and babies is critical in Lawdar,” says Aydah Saleh Al Turkey, who works as a nurse in the obstetrics department of the Shaheed Mahnaf Hospital in Lawdar. “People who live here have very low income and simply cannot pay for transportation and services in Aden.”
Thanks to the support from UNICEF and KSRelief, the Shaheed Mahnaf Hospital is now able to receive and treat hundreds of patients from the villages all over the Lawdar district, providing them with free qualified medical care in natural births and obstetric emergencies, caesarean sections, and post-natal intensive care.
“This month, we had 60 caesarean sections and lots of natural births,” says Aydah. “UNICEF makes all these operations and treatments free and available for everyone in the district,” the nurse adds.
“The situation in our district has changed dramatically since UNICEF started supporting us in June 2021”, indicates the director of Shaheed Mahnaf Hospital. “Today, we can treat 300-350 patients every month in our obstetric emergency department. Moreover, their generous donations allowed us to provide contracts and stable incentives for all our staff.”
The story of Shaheed Mahnaf Hospital is only one example of how support from generous donors and UNICEF can make a huge difference for people who live in remote areas. It saves hundreds of lives, gives hope to thousands of families, and provides health workers with a safe and stable work environment to continue helping their local communities.