As the conflict in Yemen escalates, with a significant surge in violence over the last few days, more than 100,000 people are estimated to be displaced having fled their homes for safety. As of March 31st, over 500 people are reported dead and nearly 1,700 injured due to the conflict. In response, International Medical Corps’ team in Yemen has conducted rapid assessments in hospitals in Taiz City where many casualties are receiving emergency medical treatment. The team has delivered critical medical supplies and medicines to hospitals in Sana’a and Aden and is procuring supplies locally to deliver to hospitals and health facilities in conflict-affected areas.
“International Medical Corps’ team in Yemen is reporting shortages of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies and the urgent need for additional humanitarian resources. Existing systems for mass casualty management and meeting the basic health needs of the population are under extreme pressure and are overstretched,” said Chris Skopec, Senior Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response, International Medical Corps. “Having operated in Yemen since 2012, we are working to deliver a comprehensive emergency response, including providing emergency health services, delivering vital supplies and meeting the immediate needs of those affected by this crisis.”
International Medical Corps is mobilizing to distribute existing stockpiles of medical supplies and food to meet basic nutritional needs and water, sanitation and hygiene supplies to vulnerable communities. In addition, the organization is continuing to operate mobile medical teams where possible to provide health and nutrition consultations.
International Medical Corps’ work in the Middle East region began in 2003 following the start of the Iraq war. Today the organization’s humanitarian programs include rapid emergency response, health systems strengthening and service provision, mental health and psychosocial assistance, maternal and child health, protection, women’s empowerment, community development and water, sanitation and hygiene. A wide network of long-standing relationships with local partners and government ministries is a key feature of International Medical Corps’ strong work in the region and has contributed to the organization’s role as a preeminent First Responder in Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Libya, Turkey and Yemen.