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…