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Dealing with the side effects of war

An 11-year-old girl who just had an emergency appendicitis surgery at MSF hospital in Dhi As Sufal district accompanied by her father. Yemen. March 2019. © Al Hareth Al Maqaleh/MSF
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Far from the bullets and bombs at the frontlines in Yemen, and in region like Ibb which are relatively calm compared to others, MSF staff witness the devastating second-hand implications of the war on civilian population.

    The collapse of the economy and the health infrastructure following several years of war has meant that many people are unable to afford transportation to the few and far-between hospitals still functioning in the country.

    Today it is very difficult to access health care, and the impact of the war on the livelihoods of Yemenis is huge.
    Carole Zen Ruffinen, MSF Project coordinator

    Some delay their visits while they gather the money needed by facing the risk of worsening their health status. Many likely never make it to medical centers. Our teams believe that what they see on a daily basis by working in the General Rural Hospital of Dhi As Sufal district may just be the tip of the iceberg.

    MSF is working in the General Rural Hospital of Dhi As Sufal district in Ibb Governorate since February 2016 to provides life-saving health services to the local population. 

    The medical needs in the area are high, and there are many people that do not have access or equal access to healthcare here in this district.
    Carole Zen Ruffinen, MSF Project coordinator

    MSF teams work in the Emergency Room, Operating rooms, Intensive Care Unit, and Inpatient Department for the most severe medical conditions for all age groups (neonatal, paediatric and adult patients).
    MSF supports also the maternity and outpatient departments with medications and equipment.

    On average, MSF teams offer 210 consultations in the Emergency Room and perform 87 surgeries per week.

    Since the beginning of the year :

    • 4,628 patient were treated in the emergency department,
    • 5,757 cholera patients were admitted,
    • 2,336 surgeries were performed.