11 May 2024

Revitalizing Yemen: The Transformative Impact of the Emergency Human Capital Project

Yemen’s public health system has been devastated by nine years of conflict. Only 70% of all health facilities are partially or fully functional. Health staff salaries have not been paid on a regular basis in northern governorates since 2016 (HeRAMS). Against this backdrop, the Emergency Human Capital Project (EHCP) emerged as a beacon of hope., The Emergency Human Capital Project (EHCP) Initiative, A collaborative effort is backed by the World Bank’s International Development Association and implemented by UNICEF, WHO, and UNOPS, in close coordination with the Ministry of Health in Yemen. The EHCP’s approach is comprehensive, as it has been pivotal in providing preventive, promotive, and curative maternal newborn, child, and nutrition…, Making Strides in Nutrition, The program's impact is evident in the large number of children we reached: Since October 2021, 4.5 million children have been screened for acute malnutrition, 270,000 have been treated, 91% are cured, and over a million are receiving essential micronutrients. Mohammed Saleh, a local citizen, shares his relief, “Our daughter was suffering from…, A System-Strengthening Approach, Though the project initially aimed to revitalize a collapsed health system, it has expanded to make it more sustainable, including by strengthening the Health Management Information System (HMIS) through roll-out and scaling up of operational status and utilization of the DHIS-2 platform across the country. This strategic shift is helping to build…, Revitalizing Health Facilities Nationwide, EHCP has been instrumental in supporting around 2,400 health facilities across 22 governorates, as well as maintaining continued coverage of essential health care during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes deploying, training, and retaining health workers, providing medical supplies, strengthening supply chain functionality, and…, Other Core Programs and Outcomes:, Expanded Program on Immunization, UNICEF’s EHCP supported immunization program, which employs both fixed-site and integrated outreach models, has combated diseases like measles and rubella through a steady supply of life-saving vaccines, and deployment of innovative delivery strategies to reaching every child in this constraining context for immunization service, particularly in…, The Community Health Network, In response to the lack of adequate numbers of functional primary health service facilities in rural areas, the community health worker network was established to address the unique challenges that mothers and children face. To enable community health workers to reach households and deliver essential healthcare services, a comprehensive strategy…, Community Midwives, With over 1,100 community midwives trained, this program has provided widespread maternal and newborn health services, availing safer assisted delivery for over half of all child births in Yemen. “I met one mother whose blood pressure rose to the point where she’d lost her fetus several years before. Tragically, she was left at home without any…, Community Health workers, With over 3,600 community health workers trained, this program is providing timely child health services to treat common childhood illnesses at the community/household level. Aisha Murad Ali, a local resident, expresses her gratitude, “When someone in our community falls ill, we go to this health center for treatment, as we cannot afford to go to…, Mental Health Support, Recognizing the psychological toll this conflict has taken, UNICEF's mental health program has reached over 53,000 people in 2023. This program offers psychosocial first aid and therapeutic activities for children, and trains workers to identify and refer more severe cases. Faisal Ali, a beneficiary, notes, “The child-friendly space has brought…, Outcomes:, As EHCP progresses, its impact is evident not just through individual stories but by the impressive numbers that quantify its success: The project has enabled 3,000,000 people to access the minimum service package (58% females, and 42% males). 2,400,000 children have benefitted from a range of targeted services (51% girls, and 49% boys). 1,700,000…
29 February 2024

Community Health Workers Network: A life-saving initiative for mothers and children in rural Yemen

Nine years of conflict in Yemen have left more than two-thirds of the country’s population in desperate need for humanitarian assistance. The conflict has led to a deteriorating economic situation, growing food insecurity, and recurring disease outbreaks that have brought Yemen's health system to near collapse.   Yemen Humanitarian Needs Overview…, Supporting a network of community workers, Soon after the idea of a community health workers network crystallized, UNICEF supported the establishment of the network in partnership with Yemen's Ministry of Public Health and Population. Both organizations saw the initiative's potential to restore the structure of the country's health system and improve life for thousands of mothers and…, Raising health awareness and screening for malnutrition, Thirty-four-year-old Ulfat Saeed serves as a community health worker in the village of Bayhan in Tuban District of Lahj Governorate, southern Yemen. She makes home visits to examine children and measure their MUAC, with the aim of early detection of malnutrition and referring complex cases to the nearest health centre. Ulfat also examines pregnant…, Supporting immunization activities, Residents in rural areas face an additional challenge: lack of health awareness and the spread of misinformation about vaccines and malnutrition. Ulfat explains: “ Before the project, people refused vaccines and did not know much about malnutrition and its risks, which put their children’s lives at risk .” She adds, “ The health awareness…, Detecting pregnancy and childbirth complications, Female health workers understand the purpose of their efforts and take pride in their expertise and abilities to help their communities. These efforts include the early detection of diseases and complications of labor and childbirth so appropriate referrals can be made. Bardees Abdullah, 34, works in the village of  Azzitan in Jabal Habashi…, Knowledge prevents tragedies and saves lives, “ Community health worker, Bardees, followed up on my condition during pregnancy and provided me with health advice ,” says Shathia Alwan, a resident of Azzitan village in Taizz. “ After I gave birth, Bardees visited me and discovered that I had puerperal fever and referred me to the hospital on time. This saved my life ." Shadhia continues, “ The…, Maternal care and counseling, Sumaya Ahmed Salah, 40, lives in Al-Tha’alab village in Tuban District, Lahj Governorate and participated in the training program for community health workers. “ The situation in the region is very complex ,” she explains. “ Children and pregnant and breastfeeding women suffer from malnutrition, and they may not receive the necessary services at…, Helping the community overcome infectious diseases and epidemics, When communities lack basic health services, it's often vulnerable children and women who bear the burden. Soa’dah Ahmed, a 23-year-old community health worker in the Ash Shihr area in Hadramaut, explains: “ People in Ashway village suffer from deteriorating health conditions, the spread of infectious diseases, and cases of malnutrition, as there…, Detecting cases of malnutrition and working to treat them, Thanks to home visits by community health worker, Reem Saleh, 30, in the Mansoura area of Ash Shihr in Hadhramaut, it was discovered that 18-month-old Enas was suffering from malnutrition. " My daughter had no appetite and refused to eat until her body became emaciated ," the girl's mother explains. “ During the health worker Reem’s visit to the…
07 January 2024

Yemen: Investing in Human Capital to Protect the Future

Yemen's public health system has been devastated by conflict for more than seven years. As a result, only 51 percent of health facilities are still functioning. Yemen Humanitarian Overview 2022 estimates that as of today 21.9 million people, more than half of them children, need support to access critical health services. Additionally, more than…, Providing life-saving assistance to Yemenis, The Emergency Human Capital Project (EHCP) is supported by the World Bank’s International Development Association and implemented by UNICEF, WHO, and UNOPS. The project provides essential health, nutrition, water, and sanitation services to Yemen's population in response to deteriorating health and nutrition conditions. As part of a multisectoral…, Preventing health system collapse and strengthening workforce capacity, Initially, the World Bank intervention aimed to prevent the collapse of the health, nutrition, water, and sanitation systems due to conflict and economic crises. During the course of the project, however, the objectives evolved into a system-strengthening approach. This has meant expanding beyond the provision of inputs, to support aimed at…, A Health Worker Story from Socotra Island, UN0778596 UNICEF/UN0778596/DotNotion "My work at the health center means providing primary health care services to mothers, children, and the entire community. I am keen on making a difference and improving the health status of the population of the island.” Hamida, 26, Socotra Island Yemen’s Socotra Island, located 380 km south of the Arabian…, Improving access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene services, In 2018, as part of the WASH activities and in response to a cholera outbreak, EHNP set up the Cholera Response Program, which aimed at scaling up the delivery of an integrated package of health, water and sanitation services. Since early-2022, additional emergency WASH interventions have included the provision of fuel support for 33 local water…, EHCP supports 46% of Yemeni primary health care, Through EHCP interventions, more than 2,200 health facilities are supported in Yemen's 23 governorates. The interventions support the Minimum Service Package (MSP), improve access to essential preventive and curative nutrition services, and support administration, monitoring, and evaluation (M&E) of the EHCP.   EHCP supported primary health…, Preventive and curative nutrition services accessible, By addressing acute and chronic malnutrition, the project supported the provision of a package of essential nutrition services to vulnerable children and their families. Mobile teams and an extensive network of community health volunteers provided maternal and child nutrition services at PHC facilities and community levels. UN0692145 "Somaya’s…